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Kai Mook

Kai Mook (blue and white cap): a rare runner by Littletown Boy

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham 

Posthumous first winner for Littletown Boy

ONE freshman sire who left it later than most to get off the mark with a first winner this year was Littletown Boy, who got on the scoresheet on Saturday when his daughter, the Roger Ingram-trained Kai Mook, beat Richmond Stakes third Stargaze to win the 7f novice stakes at Lingfield.

A son of Stravinsky and a half-brother to Grade 1-placed Chopinina, Littletown Boy was trained by Pat Haslam and ran once – at three in the colours of Peter Mooney's County Meath-based Grangeclare Paddocks operation.

He subsequently stood at Grangeclare from 2006 until December 2008, when he was put down due to chronic laminitis.

Mooney – who trained at Epsom in the mid 1990s, when his winners included Kilcullen Lad and Rockette – said: "I bought Littletown Boy for $175,000 at the Ocala breeze-ups in 2004, along with Littletown Bridge, who cost $75,000 and was sold on to race for Elsadig Elhag and finished second in the UAE Oaks.

"Pat thought very highly of Littletown Boy, but on the horse's first – and what turned out to be only run – in a maiden won by Reverence, he injured a hock coming out of the stalls, finished last but one and was unable to race again."

Littletown Boy was consequently taken to Grangeclare Paddocks, a 40-acre site with 32 stables near Kells and home to six broodmares.

Mooney added: "He only ever covered either seven or eight mares. Sadly he suffered badly from laminitis – he was the type of horse who, every time you looked in on him in his box, would have something new wrong with him."

Despite the lack of opportunities, Littletown Boy has done admirably well. From only three runners, he has sired Kai Mook and Sarahthecarer, whom Mooney saddled to finish third at Chester earlier in the year and is described by the trainer as "a surefire maiden winner early in her three-year-old season".

The first foal out of the 11-year-old Komaite mare Beenaboutabit, Kai Mook was bred by her owner Lois McIntosh, a former amateur jockey who rode for Mooney and is now a Bafta-nominated make-up artist.

 

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