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Captain Chris - Punchestown - 05.05.2011

Captain Chris: a flagbearer for Ballylinch Stud sire King's Theatre

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Captain Chris sparks sire's title challenge

KING'S THEATRE, the long-time leader of last season's jumps stallion championship until Grand National winner Ballabriggs sent his sire Presenting to the top, got the 2011-12 season off to a flying start with his son Captain Chris winning at the Punchestown Festival on Thursday.

Captain Chris, winner of the Arkle at the Cheltenham festival, added the Grade 1 Ryanair Novice Chase to his tally with a brave one-and-a-quarter length victory over Realt Dubh (by Beneficial).

Captain Chris was bred by Noreen Walsh out of high-class 2m chaser Function Dream, a daughter of Strong Gale.

Function Dream's other foals include Dream Function, also by King's Theatre and placed in bumpers and novice hurdles.

Captain Chris was sold to LG Walker as a foal at the Tattersalls Ireland November sale for €66,000 and resold as a three-year-old to Aidan Murphy for €250,000 at the 2007 Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner King's Theatre stands at Ballylinch Stud in County Kilkenny.

He will be relying on high-class progeny such as Captain Chris, Cue Card, Menorah and Riverside Theatre to give him a good chance of lifting the jumps sire crown this year.




King's Theatre £911,455
Presenting £845,161
Beneficial £702,808
Milan £659,876
Oscar £640,045
Westerner £541,350
Flemensfirth £459,709
Kayf Tara £420,404
Midnight Legend £358,793
Stowaway £354,737