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Paul Nicholls and Kauto Star - Haydock 19.11.2011

The returning hero: Kauto Star raised the roof at Haydock Park

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Pedigrees behind the big Saturday winners

HAYDOCK: Betfair Chase (Grade 1)

KAUTO STAR (g Village Star - Kauto Relka)

KAUTO Star raised the roof at Haydock with his victory over Long Run in the BetfairChase, in which he became the second major winner this month out of Kauto Relka following Kauto Stone in the Chase at Downpatrick.

Kauto Relka, who died in 2009, is the dam of five winners in total, of which Kauto Star and Kauto Stone are by far the best. And the mare's tally could rise in due course as she also has a three-year-old colt by Priolo named Kauto Grand Mogul and a two-year-old filly by Byzantium named Kauto Tireless who have yet to race.

Kauto Relka, an unraced daughter of Port Etienne, is a half-sister to four winners including talented French jumper Kauto Ray.

Bred by Mme Henri Aubert, Kauto Star is the only jumper of significance campaigned in Britain or Ireland by the late 1988 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud winner Village Star, and is interestingly inbred 3x3 to Mill Reef.

ASCOT: Amlin 1965 Chase (Grade 2)

MASTER MINDED (g Nikos - Haute Tension)

MASTER Minded, the best ever jumper produced by former Haras Reboursiere et de Montaigu stallion Nikos, returned to form in sensational style on Saturday when defeating Somersby to take the Amlin 1965 Chase at Ascot.

Bred in France by Marie-Christine Gabeur, Master Minded shares his sire, the Group 1-placed Nonoalco stallion Nikos, with former high-class two-mile chaser Cenkos and French Flat Group 2 winner Forestier.

The gelding is out of Haute Tension, the dam of four other winners including Positive Thinking, a brother to Master Minded who was successful in the 2003 Gras Savoye Reassurance Stanley Hurdle at Auteuil. Haute Tension, a minor winning daughter of Garde Royale, is a sister to four winners including Femme Fatale, the dam of the high-class French jumper Heros Fatal.

ASCOT: Coral Hurdle (Grade 2)

OVERTURN (g Barathea - Kristal Bridge)

FLAT-bred Overturn is one of a number of smart hurdlers by the late Rathbarry stallion Barathea, among them Saturday's Betfair Hurdle runner-up Marsh Warbler and 2004 Triumph Hurdle winner Made In Japan. The son of Sadler's Wells, who was successful in the 1993 Irish 2,000 Guineas and 1994 Breeders' Cup Mile for Luca Cumani, sired six Group 1 winners on the Flat, including Tobougg (now an emerging dual-purpose stallion) and died in 2009.

Overturn was bred by Peter Harris' Pendley Farm, which also enjoyed success with Barathea as the breeder of multiple Group 3 winner Stotsfold. He hails from one of Harris' most famous families as a grandson of foundation mare Connaught Bridge, also the granddam of the high-class sprint two-year-olds Primo Valentino and Dora Carrington. Overturn descends from Connaught Bridge as a son of the placed Kris mare Kristal Bridge, the dam of four other winners including Listed heroine Arbella and useful hurdler Fisher Bridge.

Kristal Bridge was sold out of the Pendley dispersal for 19,000gns to Blandford Bloodstock at last year's Tattersalls December Sale. Her Beat Hollow yearling is lot 207 in Monday's Tattersalls December Yearling Sale.




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