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big zeb punchestown april 08Big Zeb disappointed at Punchestown on Sunday  PICTURE: Caroline Norris  

Mansony steps up to the mark as Big Zeb falls

Report: Punchestown, Sunday

Amazing Thailand Chase (Grade 2) 2m, heavy, 5yo+
MANSONY (Mansonnien - Hairly (Air De Cour))

BIG ZEB'S Champion Chase credentials were dealt a serious blow when he fell with two to jump at Punchestown, handing the race to Mansony.

Winning trainer Arthur Moore said: "He has been a great servant and came out of the race at Fairyhouse very well and is as good as ever. Davy said that Big Zeb still had to pass him to win.

"All things being well, he will come back here for the (Punchestown) Festival."

His now-retired sire Mansonnien, by Tip Moss, finished fourth in the Prix d'Ispahan (Gr1), third in the Prix Ganay (Gr1) and won the Pric Exbury (Gr3).

Predominately a sire of jumps horses, his best progeny includes Taranis, winner of the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase, Grand Prix d'Automne (Gr1) winner Millenium Royal and eight-time winner Chicuelo.

He finished the 2008 season for the second year in succession,,  as the leading French jumps' sire with 27 winners and €1,531,585 in earnings. He was also leading stallion in 2005.

Mansony 's dam Hairly has a yearling colt by Discover d'Auteuil and a two-year-old filly by Kapgarde.




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