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Gauvain - Cheltenham 13/11/2011

Gauvain: shares his sire, Sternkoenig, with Derby Italiano winner Kallisto

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Gauvain highlights Sternkoenig's versatility

Huntingdon: Betfred Peterborough Chase (Grade 2), 2m4f 1/2f

GAUVAIN (9 g Sternkoenig - Gamina by Dominion)

GAUVAIN atoned for the disappointment of his fall in Saturday's Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown by running out an easy winner of Huntingdon's feature event on Thursday to confirm his position as the best jumper produced by the late German sire Sternkoenig.

The son of Kalaglow, who defeated old foes Monsun and Lando when successful in the 1994 Group 1  Preis der Privatbankiers Merck, Finck and Co, was a high-class sire in his native Germany, initially at his owners' Gestut Rottgen.

Sternkoenig enjoyed his finest hour at stud as the sire of 2000 Derby Italiano winner Kallisto, himself the sire of a pair of Deutsches Derby-placed colts in Antek and Dickens. Sternkoenig also sired dual Group 2 winner Simonas and the Group 1-placed Orion Star and also appears as the damsire of the Group 1-placed Clowance.

Sternkoenig was put down in May 2012 at Gestut Gorlsdorf after fracturing a leg. He stood his final season for €2,500.

Gauvain heads the stallion's jumps representatives although the former Paul Nicholls-trained Darrias also showed good form before his death as a five-year-old.

Bred in Germany by Stall Epona, Gauvain is one of five winners out of minor German scorer Gamina. The daughter of Dominion has also made her mark on the Flat as the dam of the Listed-placed Gambada (by Valanour), herself the dam of Listed-placed Glamorous.

Gamina has a yearling colt by Touch Down named Gambadino.




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