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Batsman opens Morozov account under rules

OPENING BATSMAN became the first winner under rules for his sire Morozov on Friday, when breaking his maiden in the Worthington Novices' Hurdle over 2m4f at Wincanton.

Opening Batsman, a six-year-old gelding trained by Paul Nicholls, was bred by A Cogley out of the Torus mare Jolly Signal, a half-sister to smart chaser Pauls Run.

Paul Nicholls Trainer

Paul Nicholls: winning trainer

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Highflyer Bloodstock bought Opening Batsman for £10,000 at the DBS spring stores sale in 2010.

Morozov was snapped up by Andrew Pierce's Blackhall Stud in County Wexford, where he began his career in 2005.

Morozov has the form and the pedigree to appeal to jumps breeders: he was a classy stayer for Andre Fabre, winning the Group 2 Prix Hubert de Chaudenay and a pair of Group 3s.

He is by the influential sire of sires Sadler's Wells and is a brother to In The Wings, who sired top jumpers such as Inglis Drever, Landing Light and Westender.

Morozov stands alongside Vertical Speed this season at Blackhall Stud, with both stallions' fees on request.




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