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Lethal Weapon- Tharawaat - Leopardstown

The son by Hawk Wing, Lethal Weapon, remains unbeaten over hurdles

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris  


Variety of pedigrees
to the fore in Ireland

THE two Grade 1 races run at Leopardstown on Boxing Day were won by horses with very different pedigree profiles.

Lethal Weapon, a Christy Roche-trained and JP McManus-owned three-year-old, won the Durkan New Homes Juvenile Hurdle. He is from the first crop of the three-time Group 1 winner Hawk Wing who retired to Coolmore in 2004, but is no longer on the stud's roster.

Lethal Weapon was a €150,000 yearling. He was bought by John O'Byrne at the Goffs Million and was sent into training with David Wachman. He won two races from seven starts on the Flat before transferring to run over hurdles - and he is so far unbeaten over timber

His dam Lady Windley (Baillamont) won three races in France. She is the dam of seven winners and two Listed Flat performers - Talwin, a filly by Alharath who finished third at Listed level and who has retired to stud, and a gelding by Grand Lodge named Our Teddy.

His second dam is Northern Trick, the champion three-year-old European filly of 1984 and winner of the Prix Diane and the Prix Vermeille. She is the granddam, through her daughter Lingerie, of the 1999 and 2000 champion mare Shiva, Light Shift, winner of the 2007 Epsom Oaks, and Limnos, a dual Group 2 winner in France, Limnos.

Another star for Accordion
The winner of the Durkan New Homes Novice Chase, Follow The Plan is by a stallion from the other end of the sire spectrum: he is by the established and successful jumps stallion Accordion. His best NH stock include the likes of Dato Star, Flagship Uberalles, Feathard Lady and Darkness.

Follow The Plan is out of a six-time winning NH mare, Royal Rosy (Dominion Royale) and he is the first winner under Rules for his dam, although his older half-brother by Un Desperado won an Irish point-to-point, and his four-year-old half-brother Sinbinned (Definite Article) has been placed once in a point-to-point.

Royal Rosy is a half-sister to Rouyan, who won two races over hurdles, including a Grade 3, and three races over fences. He finished third in the Champion Novice Chase-Gr2 at Ayr and the Martell Cup Chase-Gr2 at Aintree.

Royal Rosy is also a half-sister to Rasmara, the dam of Colourful Life, winner of the Great YorkshireHandicap Chase-L and runner-up in the Pierce Handicap Hurdle-Gr1.

Financial Reward for Fruits Of Love
At Limerick, the Grade 2 novice chase was won by Financial Reward, a son of Fruits Of Love who transferred to stand primarily as a NH stallion at Annshoon Stud in 2007 having previously stood at Rathasker Stud, the breeders of Financial Reward.

Financial Reward won once on the Flat as a three-year-old and twice over hurdles at three and four. He has now won three races over fences, with his Christmas Grade 1 success being his second victory atgraded level.

Under Financial Reward's third dam can be found Mistinguett, the winner of five hurdle races, including the Cleeve Hurdle-Gr1 - she is also the dam of Misternando - as well as Sinntarra, dam of the Epsom Derby winner andShadwell sire, Sinndar.

Fruits of Love covered 200 mares in 2007 having seen only 39 mares in 2006.





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