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German-bred gelding wins Christmas Hurdle

woodiesdiy.com Christmas Hurdle (Grade 2), 3m, 4y0+
Catch Me (Law Society - Calcida (Konigsstuhl))

Catch Me, a German-bred son of Law Society, survived a stewards' enquiry and a battle up the run-in at Leopardstown with Whatuthink to win the Grade 2 Christmas Hurdle.


Bred by Gestut Erlenhof, the six-year-old ran on the Flat in his native country finishing fourth in the Group 3 German St Leger on his last start before transferring to Ireland to run over hurdles in 2006.

He really has found his forte over timber finishing third in the Cheltenham Ballymore Poperties Hurdle in 2007 and winning the Grade 1 Hatton's Grace Hurdle last time out ahead of Brave Inca.

The 3m trip in the Christmas Hurdle appeared to suit the Edward O'Grady-trained gelding and he has been cut by most firms for the World Hurdle at the Festival in March.

He is out of the Konigsstuhl mare Calcida who has a three-year-old colt by Dai Jin who has been placed on the Flat in Germany, a yearling colt by Sulamani and a 2008 filly by Kris Kin.

She is a half-sister to the Monsun colt Come And Win who finished second in the Grade 1 Gran Corsa di Siepi di Milano Hurdle in Italy. Catch Me's third dam, Cassadei, finished second in the Preis Der Diana-Gr2

 

 

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