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Sunday's Naas novice chase winner Prince Erik is a half-brother to Champion Hurdle hero Katchit (above)

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Naas: brave chase win for Katchit's half-brother

PRINCE Erik, a half-brother to Champion Hurdle hero Katchit, has the potential to keep progressing over fences judging by his game win over favourite Montan in the Naas Directors Place Novice Chase on Sunday.

High-class jumpers by King's Stand Stakes winner Indian Ridge are few and far between, even though his Group 1-winning son Definite Article has developed into a useful jumps sire. However, while the Dermot Weld-trained Prince Erik was a smart performer on the Flat, he has followed the example of his half-brother by improving again over obstacles, winning four races and running second in last year's Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival.

In addition to Katchit, Prince Erik is also a half-brother to Lingfield Oaks Trial heroine Miracle Seeker (by Rainbow Quest) and 1m4f maiden winner Miss Miracle (by Motivator).

They were bred by Whitley Stud out of Miracle, an Ezzoud half-sister to Listed winners Lethals Lady and Burn The Breeze from the Aga Khan family of National Stakes hero Manntari.

Miracle has an unnamed two-year-old filly by Selkirk and a yearling brother to Katchit by Kalanisi.

Prince Erik was knocked down to Matty Murtagh Bloodstock for 70,000gns at the 2004 TattersallsDecember Foal Sale and resold at the same venue the following October for 150,000gns to Newmarket International. Novices' Hurdle, 2m

DILSHAAN'S Prize took another step up the hurdling ladder when taking advantage of a poor display by favourite Cottrelsbooley to take this 2m event.

As his name suggests, Dilshaan's Prize is by the Racing Post Trophy winner Dilshaan, who stands at Tara Stud in Ireland.

Dilshaan's Prize has been a flag-bearer for his sire at auction and on the track, firstly when selling for 75,000gns as a foal - the highest price ever paid for a Dilshaan - and then when achieving an RPR of 105 on the Flat following a placing in a Deauvile Listed race. While Dilshaan is the sire of Indian Group 2 winner Attractress, Dilshaan's Prize is his sire's only stakes runner in Europe from six crops of racing age.

Dilshaan is also the sire of eight winners over jumps including triple winner The Shepherd.

Bred by Derek Veitch and Saleh Ali Hammadi, Dilshaan's Prize is out of the Listed-placed Sadler's Wells mare Dancing Prize and a half-brother to seven winners including the Group 3-placed pair Firebet and Special Warning.




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