Dare To Doubt: capped a big weekend for her sire King's Theatre by taking the Grade 2 paddypower.com Novice Hurdle at Naas on SundayPICTURE: Caroline Norris
Naas: No doubt about King's unstoppable run
paddypower.com Novice Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m, 4yo+
DARE TO DOUBT (5 m King's Theatre - Karawa by Karinga Bay)
Breeder: Mrs J. F. Maitland-Jones in Britain
DARE To Doubt maintained King's Theatre's unstoppable run of success in style on Sunday, cruising home by five lengths to win her first Graded race.
In the process, she became the eighth Graded winner this season by her sire, who was represented on Saturday by impressive Ascot Chase winner Riverside Theatre. The Ballylinch stallion is also the sire of last Sunday's Boyne Hurdle winner Voler La Vedette in addition to Cheltenham hopefuls Menorah andCue Card. Unsurprisingly, King's Theatre currently holds a healthy lead over Presenting on the leading sires' table.
A €13,500 Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale foal purchase by Jackie Mullins, Dare To Doubt is a half-sister to Express Leader (by Supreme Leader), who was placed in a Listed bumper at Cheltenham.
She is the first Graded winner out of a mare by the late Karinga Bay, who spent his final years at Mickley Stud.
paddypower.com Chase (Grade 2) 2m, 5yo+
GOLDEN SILVER (9 g Mansonnien - Gold Or Silver by Glint Of Gold)
Breeder: Noel Pelat in France
GOLDEN Silver took advantage of a simple opportunity in this Cheltenham prep, sauntering clear of Made In Taipan (Taipan) for a bloodless score.
Golden Silver: by former French champion sire MansonnienPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
By the former French champion jumps sire Mansonnien, Golden Silver is out of a triple winner and a brother to Italian Group 1-winning jumper Or Ou Argent and Flat Listed winner Diamond Boy.
He was appropriately bred by Noel Pelat, who stood Mansonnien at Haras du Croix Sonnet. The son of Tip Moss, who ran third in the 1989 Prix Ganay, enjoyed a long and highly successful stud career in France, producing top-class jumpers such as Bonbon Rose (now atstud) and Rock Noir. He is best known in Britain and Ireland as the sire of Taranis, J'y Vole and Mansony, who finished a long third behind Golden Silver in today's race.
Woodlands Park 100 Club Nas Na Riogh Novice Chase (Grade 2), 2m4f, 5yo+
ROI DU MEE (6 g Lavirco - British Nellerie by Le Pontet)
Breeder: Jacques Hersent and Mme Jacqueline Hersent in France
ROI Du Mee became the second French-bred Grade 2 winner of the day at Naas when taking the 2m4f novice chase from Ad Idem (by Kayf Tara).
The Gordon Elliott-trained gelding is the latest smart prospect to be sired by the 1996 Deutsches Derby hero Lavirco. The son of Konigsstuhl, who died at Haras National de Cercy-la-Tour in 2009, is best known as the sire of Willie Mullins' Mikael d'Haguenet and Bel La Vie, winner of the Prix Renaud Du Vivier at Auteuil in November.
Roi Du Mee is the highlight of three winners out of the unplaced British Nellerie, who is from the further family of the Prix du Moulin third Prince Altana.