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Punchestowns a new star for deceased Morespeed

PUNCHESTOWNS could not have been more impressive on his first venture at Grade 1 level, taking the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday by 11 lengths from Duc De Reginiere.

Unsurprisingly, he is now a warm order for the Long Walk Hurdle in March, a race which is unlikely to be defended by reigning champion Inglis Drever this season.

The French-bred Punchestowns is a much needed flagbearer for his sire Morespeed, a British-bred son of Pharly who stood in France prior to his death in 2007.

Despite rarely coveringlarge books of mares, Morespeed is also the sire of the ill-fated Le Sauvignon, who looked potentially top-class over fences during his brief career for Paul Nicholls six seasons ago.

Morespeed won five races under both codes during the mid 80's in France headed by the Prix de la Croix Dauphine Hurdle at Auteuil. He also ran second in the Group 2 Prix de la Cote Normande on the Flat.

Punchestowns is the first foal out of the unplaced Selle Francais mare History. The daughter of Alesso - himself a son of Alleged - is the dam of three other foals including a yearling filly by Epalo named Tistory.

Punchestowns, as well as his first three dams, was bred by Gerard Ferte.






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