Lomitas: is the sire of Wednesday's highly regarded Doncaster juvenile hurdle winner Local Hero
Striking hurdling debut from King Cugat gelding
EUROPEAN representatives for the Grade 2-winning Kingmambo stallion King Cugat are thin on the ground but we could be hearing a bit more of the Australian-basedsire in the near future through Drive Time.
The Howard Johnson-trained gelding won both his starts on the Flat for Jim Bolger and made a good impression on Wednesday when taking his hurdling debut, division two of the novice hurdle at Doncaster. He is the first winner over jumps and one of three on the Flat by King Cugat in Britain and Ireland.
Seven-time winner King Cugat spent seven seasons at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky before standing two years in New York. He is currently based at Rivers End Stud in Australia, where he has enjoyed success as the sire of Group 1 winner Devil Moon.
Bred by Centennial Farms Management, Drive Time is out of German Listed winner Arbusha and a half-brother to the US stakes-placed runners Bushra and Nushka Babee. He was a bargain $4,000 Keeneland November foal purchase by Ballykelly Stud, who resold him to Jim Bolger for €31,000at the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale.
The victory of Jack The Gent in division one of the Doncaster's novice hurdle saw him become the third winner in as many days by Anshan following Anquetta and Shakalakaboomboom. The late son of Persian Bold has been represented by five runners during that period.
Local Hero took another step towards justifying the high regard in which he is held by trainer Steve Gollings when taking the 2m juvenile hurdle.
The German son of Lomitas is bred to be useful as a brother to Deutsches Derby winner Liquido - the top rated three-year-old stayer in Germany of 2002 - and half-brother to the Listed-placed Led Zeppelin. He was a €46,000 yearling purchase at the 2008 BBAG September Yearling Sale by Tom Tate.
Reg Hollinshead: bred Doncaster bumper winner KnockalongiPICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
A handful of runners have enabled Prix Ganay winner Fair Mix to start making a name for himself. Doncaster's concluding bumper saw Shade Oak Stud's son of Linamix sire his third winner from eight runners in Knockalongi, who demonstrated fine battling qualities to fend offFourjacks.
Bred by trainer Reg Hollinshead, Knockalongi cost G. Costello just £3,000 as a three-year-old at the 2009 Ascot Summer Sale. He is a half-brother to four minor winners under both codes and out of Understudy, a placed granddaughter of Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Favoletta.