George Ward homebred Pere Blanc impresses
GEORGE WARD, a prolific race sponsor through his company Bonusprint, could have a new homebred star on his hands judging by the easy success of Pere Blanc at Kempton on Friday.
David Arbuthnot: trains Pere BlancPICTURE: Gerry & Mark Cranham
Pere Blanc, trained by David Arbuthnot at Ward's Uplands Stables in Berkshire, cruised clear in the 2m5f class 4 handicap to win by 15 lengths from Russian Epic (by Diktat).
The six-year-old gelding is by the jumps season's leading sire King's Theatre, whose top progeny including Cue Card, Menorah and Riverside Theatre have taken the stallion's earnings past the £1 million marker for 2010/2011.
King's Theatre stands at Ballylinch Stud at a fee of €9,000.
Pere Blanc is the eighth foal produced by Sunset Leader, an unraced daughter of Supreme Leader. The dam also has five-year-old and four-year-old daughters by Oscar, a three-year-old filly by Definite Article and a two-year-old colt by Catcher In The Rye.
This is a fine jumps family: Sunset Leader's sister Deep Sunset was a Listed-placed bumper and hurdles winner and they were out of a half-sister to dual Cathcart Chase winner Stormyfairweather, from the further family of Rehearsal Chase scorer Western Sunset.