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Mikael D'Haguenet: his sire Lavirco won the German Derby

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Mikael wins Ballymore for sire Lavirco


Report: Cheltenham Festival, Wednesday

Ballymore Novices Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m5f
Mikael D'Haguenet (lavirco-Leur D'Hageenet)

"HE'S a machine" was jockey Ruby Walsh's pronouncement of Mikael D'Haguenet after victory in the Grade 1 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

Sent off favourite, the son of Lavirco who travelled well throughout under Walsh who bidded his time. Kicking on going into the second last with the Sir Harry Lewis horse Diamond Harry still ahead, Mikael D'Haguenet asserted going to the last and was not challenged up the hill.

Trainer Willie Mullins said: "He's 17 hands and I thought he'd take a year to mature. But when we started working him at home, he just showed a gear.

"From day one he showed he was better than we thought - this is unbelievable. I think he adjusted his stride. We watched himall winter on real heavy ground.

"He has a huge, high action. On better ground today he let his action flow as though he changed his stride. Very few horses can do that.

"Ruby has booked the ride on him over fences. He said that to me already after riding him in Naas. He said this could be a Gold Cup horse."

Bred by Martine Lelong in France, Mikael d'Haguenet is the highest RPR-rated jumps performer by the Deutsches Derby and Europa Preis winner Lavirco. The son of Konigsstuhl, who started his stud career at Gestut Fahrhof in Germany, has also been represented by Imperial Cup Hurdle second Fenix.

Lavirco was transferred to the French National Stud in 2002, under whose banner he will stand for €2,200 in 2009.

Mikael d'Haguenet is the third jumps winner out of Fleur d'Haguenet following Alesko d'Haguenet, a son of Jeunne Homme who won in France in April, and Mika d'Haguenet, a son of Epervier Bleu who won in France last year.

Fleur d'Haguenet was placed three times in 15 starts for owner and breeder Gaston Lelong in France. The daughter of Dark Stone is a sister to Barzy d'Haguenet, a winner of ten races on the Flat and over jumps including the Listed Prix Phil Drake.

Fleur d'Haguenet has a three-year-old brother to Mikael d'Haguenet named Kevin d'Haguenet as well as a yearling sister by Kotky Bleu.





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