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Plumpton: first British jumps winner for Lago

FORMER champion Australian sire Encosta De Lago has chalked up another landmark - albeit a minor one - courtesy of Horseshoe Reef's win for trainer Jamie Snowden in the 2m4f novices' handicap chase at Plumpton on Monday.

The eight-year-old Australian-bred gelding, who was imported to Britain by his former trainer Jeremy Gask, is the only jumper in action in Britain and Ireland by Coolmore Australia's Encosta De Lago. With Monday's result marking his first victory since his Australian days, he is thus his sire's first winning jumper in this part of the world.

Encosta De Lago has 37 named three-year-olds to represent him this year resulting from his sole season at Coolmore in Ireland in 2007. They include promising maiden winners Qushchi and Empowering, both of whom hold an entry in the 1,000 Guineas.

Bred by Hamilton Stud in Australia, Horseshoe Reef is a half-brother to the Listed-placed sprinter Tides OfFun and out of Christies Beach, a Naturalism half-sister to Listed winners Tourello and Mona Lissa.




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