Kumbeshwar looks top prospect for Doyen
A PLEASING winning jumps debut for four-year-old Kumbeshwar in the Bet on toteplacepot At totesport.com Juvenile Hurdle may have alerted the National Hunt fraternity to the potential of Doyen as a sire in that sphere.
Flat form went out of the window in the 2m½f event which has been won in the past by Ashkazar, Detroit City and Royal Auclair. Moose Moran, fifth in last season's Queen's Vase, had no answer in fourth to the Alan King-trained Kumbeshwar, who was last seen winning a class 6 handicap at Southwell.
Doyen: top middle distance horsePICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Kumbeshwar was bred during Doyen's first year at stud for Darley at Dalham Hall, out of the 6f juvenile winner Camp Fire, by Lahib.
After three seasons Doyen was transferred to stand at Gestuet Auenquelle in Gemany. His fee at Auenquelle this year is €5,000.
Doyen's best Flat performer is Group 3 Prix du Royaumont winner Lady's Purse, while in the National Hunt sphere he has also been represented by unbeaten triplebumper winner Keys.
Doyen's success will not have gone unnoticed by jumps breeders and stud masters. He is by Sadler's Wells, an important sire of jumps sires, and bred on the same cross (out of a Kris mare) as Dr Massini.
Out of Prix de Diane runner-up Moon Cactus and a brother to Oaks heroine Moonshell, Doyen was a brilliant middle distance horse on his day, including when easily winning the 2004 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.