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Easy Grade 2 win for Law Society's Catch Me

Monday: Ladbrokes.com Boyne Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m5f: Navan

CATCH ME (g Law Society - Calcida)

CATCH Me maintained his unbeaten record this season in fine style to win this contest unextended by 11 lengths.

In the process, the seven-year-old gelding confirmed his status as the leading jumps performer by Law Society, who was retired from stud duties at Gestut Isarland in Germany at the end of last year.

The son of Alleged, who won the Irish Derby and National Stakes for trainer Vincent O'Brien, started his career at Coolmore Stud, from where he sired the Gran Premio d'Italia and Tolworth Hurdle winner Right Win.

He was transferred to Germany in 1992 in a deal brokered by Ulrike Castle and was crowned the European leading sire of two-year-olds two years later. He was also champion sire in Italy in 1995 and 1996.

As Catch Me and Right Win illustrate, Law Society is also a high-class sire of jumpers; among his other accomplished jumpers are Hill Society, Rainbow Frontier and Yahmi.

Bred in Germany by Gestut Erlenhof, Catch Me is the only winner out of Calcida, a multiple-winning daughter of Konigsstuhl.

Although Catch Me's extended family includes the German Group 3 winners Carlton and Cassis, jumping is in Catch Me's blood as Calcida is a half-sister to the usefulItalian hurdler Come And Win.

Calcida has a two-year-old colt by Sulamani named Cash And Go and a yearling filly by Kris Kin named Come And Fight.

Flying Bolt Novice Chase falls to Taipan gelding

THE deceased Taipan was once again on the mark courtesy of Made In Taipan, who was successful in the Grade 2 Flyingbolt Novice Chase at Leopardstown.

Group 1 winner Taipan, who was a Last Tycoon half-brother to Group 1-winning milers Ali-Royal and Sleepytime, stood for four seasons at Knockhouse Stud in Ireland until his death in 2002.

Among the other notable jumpers he left behind are the Grade 2-winning hurdlers Coolcashin and Celestial Wave, as well as this season's exciting novice chaser Calgary Bay.

Liam Cosgrave purchased Made In Taipan for €6,800 as a foal at the 2002 Tattersalls Ireland National Hunt Sale and resold him four years later to Thomas Mullins  for €21,000 at the Goffs Land Rover Sale.

He is the only winner out of eight foals out of the unraced Mandalus mare No Easy Way, who is a half-sister to Arkle Perpetual Challenge Cup Chase winner On The Other Hand.

 

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