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Anglo-Irish double for Kilfeacle's Close Conflict

CLOSE CONFLICT, who stands at Kilfeacle Stud in County Tipperary, was on the mark with two winners in Britain and Ireland on Thursday.

The Knoxs kickstarted the double when scoring his fourth success under Rules with an effortless 19-length victory in the 2m novices'chase at Carlisle.

The eight-year-old gelding was bought by his trainer Howard Johnson for £95,000 at the Brightwells Cheltenham sale in November 2008 on behalf of owners Andrea and Graham Wylie. It was the fourth highest price of the sale.

Bred by Margaret Flynn, The Knoxs is the third foal out of the Cardinal Flower mare Nicola Marie, who was owned and trained by Flynn to win a 2m bumper and 2m4f maiden hurdle.

Articular completed the double for Close Conflict when scoring in the 2m bumper that concluded the card at Thurles by a short head on his racing debut.

Articular is trained by Cheltenham festival-winning handler Paul Nolan for owner Breandan Long.

The four-year-old gelding is out of the Montelimar mare Roxelly, who was third to the smart Sir Oj on her debut in a bumper and won a 2m4f maiden hurdle at Tralee.

Roxelly is out of bumper and hurdles winner Power Point and is descended in the distaff line from Cheveley Park Stakes runner-up and Lincoln Handicap winner Lady Electra.

Close Conflict, now 20 years old, was trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam to win the Gran Premio d'Italia for Robert Sangster in 1994.

He is by High Estate and out of an unraced sister to Derby hero Secreto and three-parts sister to hurdling legend Istabraq.

The sirewas also on the board with a third - Close Comet in the 2m6f handicap at hurdle at Thurles - on Thursday.





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