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Imperial the best out of Grade 1 winner Shawiya

Report: Punchestown, Tuesday

Goffs Land Rover Bumper (INH Flat Race) 2m, 4-5yo

THE Goffs Land Rover Bumper became a family affair as Imperial Cascade, who is by Imperial Ballet,  claimed victory for trainer Jessica Harrington and her daughter, 7lb claimer Kate.

The 2m race, contested by a maximum field of 25, turned into a two-horse contest as Imperial Cascade, who moments earlier got knocked around in the pack, and Sparkling Tara drew clear down the back straight.

But Harrington always seemed to have a little more in hand, and so it proved as she pushed out the progressive four-year-old to land the €59,000 prize for owner Mrs Judy Wilson.

Wilson, whose husband Lynn died in a car crashlast July, said: "I'm over the moon about that and Lynn would have loved it.

"Katie gave him a great ride and she was fabulous on him."

Imperial Cascade's dam is the dual Grade 1 winner Shawiya, winner of the Triumph Hurdle and the Punchestown Champion 4yo Hurdle in 1993.

As a broodmare she has not been very succesful until now, having only produced one winner from four surviving previous foals.

She was bought by Robyn Freeman carrying to Imperial Cascade for €30,000 at Tattersall Ireland November Sale in 2004.

Shawiya has since returned barren to Oscar, slipped to Definite Article before returning not in foal to Definite Article.

Imperial Cascade was bred by Tattersalls Ireland director Philip Myerscough. As a foal he fetched €20,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland November Foal Sale and €44,000 at the 2008 Goffs Land Rover Sale.

Harrington said: "Someone just said to me that it is better than Moscow Flyer winning! I'm not sure about that, but it's fantastic Katie rode him to win.

"There was a lot of pressure on her and it was good of Mrs Wilsonto let her ride again.

"That will be it for the year and I think he'll make up into a very nice horse."





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