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Grade 1 hurdle winner for Great Pretender

GREAT PRETENDER, the son of King's Theatre and whose first-crop are four-year-olds of this year, put his name on the Grade 1-winning sires' board today with Grand D'Auteuil's win in the Prix Renaud Du Vivier.

As a racehorse, Great Pretender won at Listed level on the Flat and over hurdles but failed to win a Group race, although he did manage a Group 1 second to Ballingarry in the Prix Noailles. He is a brother to Ange Gardien, who was Listed placed and fifth in the Group 1 Prix du Jockey-Club, and to the Listed performer Winter Dream.

His second dam Aborigine (Riverman) was a Listed winner and Group 2 placed and was dam of Songlines, the Prix Niel (G2) winner and stallion.

Great Pretender is based at Haras de la Hetraie alongside nine other stallions including Kap Rock, Silver Frost, Kapgarde, Centennial and Zambezi Sun. He is yet to stand at a fee higher than €1,800.

His winner today,  aptly-named Grand D'Auteuil (Bernard Beaunez), held off the challenge of warm favourite Sleeping Mat to land the four-year old championship hurdle in great style.

Returned at 16-1 by pari-mutuel backers, Grand D'Auteuil has been running in handicaps all year. It was a first Grqaded race success for his trainer in a 31-year training career.

The horse is also the only winner so far for his winning Assert dam Fontange and he was bred by Mlle C Ternynck and J R Breton.




King's Theatre £1,143,037
Presenting £1,059,143
Beneficial £986,639
Oscar £896,303
Milan £863,940
Westerner £839,346
Flemensfirth £755,621
Kayf Tara £657,982
Midnight Legend £595,809
Stowaway £503,470