Mourad: another jumps success story for the Aga KhanPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Mourad maintains excellent Aga Khan run
Ladbrokes Boyne Hurdle (Grade 2), 2m5f
MOURAD (g Sinndar - Mouramara by Kahyasi)
Breeder: His Highness The Aga Khan's Studs S C
MOURAD continued an excellent run for Aga Khan-bred jumpers with a clear cut success over Mikael d'Haguenet in this Grade 2 event. His victory came a day after Aga Khan-breds Zaidpour and Kalann filled the first two places in the Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park.
Another Aga Khan-bred, Zarkandar, maintained his unbeaten record in Friday's Betfair Hurdle at Newbury.
Mourad is one of three Graded winners over jumps by the Derby winner Sinndar, who stands for €7,500 at Haras de Bonneval in Normandy, following Sweetheart and Auteuil Grade 1 scorer Mandali.
Out of the 2000 Prix Royallieu heroine Mouramara, Mourad is a half-brother to Melbourne Cup third Mourilyan and Irish Derby thirdMourayan.
Further back, it is the family of classy hurdlers Mirjan and Mirpour.
Bobby O'Ryan paid £80,000 on behalf of connections for Mourad at the 2008 DBS October Horses in Training Sale.
Flyingbolt Novice Chase (Grade 2), 2m1f
DONNA'S PALM (8 g Great Palm - Donna's Tarquin by Husyan)
Bred by Mrs J. Brown in Ireland
A GUTSY win by Donna's Palm over Foildubh provided his sire, Nunstainton Stud resident Great Palm, with a second Graded jumps winner of the season following Great Endeavour, who was successful in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham in November.
The pair were bred when Great Palm, who won the 1993 Group 1 Premio Presidente Della Repubblica for Paul Cole, stood at Arctic Tack Stud in County Wexford. The 23-year-old son of Manila moved to Nunstainton Stud in 2009 and stands for a private fee.
Purchased by Gillian O'Brien for €6,500 at the 2005 Tattersalls Ireland February National Hunt Sale, Donna's Palm is the only winner from eight foals out of Donna's Tarquin. The mare has a two-year-old colt by Gold Well.
Irish Form Book Ten Up Novice Chase (Grade 2), 3m
LION NA BEARNAI (10 g New Frontier - Polly Plum by Pollerton)
Bred by Mr and Mrs F. Daly in Ireland
A SHOCK result with the Thomas Gibney-trained Lion Na Bearnai - the only winner from six foals out of his dam - overhauling Four Commanders to win at 50/1.
The gelding shares his sire, the Sadler's Wells horse New Frontier, with last year's Cheltenham cross country chase winner Sizing Australia. Winner of the 1m1f Group 3 Prix de Conde as a two-year-old, New Frontier is also the sire of Gerry Feilden Hurdle runner-up Frontier Dancer from four crops of racing age. He died aged ten in 2004.
Lion Na Bearnai was purchased by Tom Gibney for €8,800 at the 2006 Tattersalls Ireland December Flat Sale.