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Orsppus - Aintree 8.4.2010

Orsippus: a rare first crop representative for Grade 2 winner Sunday Break

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham 


Sunday Break gelding springs 40/1 shock

AINTREE: Matalan Anniversary 4yo Novices' Hurdle, Grade 1, 2m 1/2f

ORSIPPUS g Sunday Break - Mirror Dancing by Caveat

Bred by Stephen H. Batchelder and Gainesway Farm in the US

ORSIPPUS sprung a 40/1 shock in the novices' hurdle at Aintree today when claiming the scalp of Barizan and Sanctuaire by three and three-quarter lengths.

The Michael Smith-trained gelding was bred in the US during Sunday Break's time at Gainesway Farm in Kentucky and is one of a handful from the stallion's first crop to be imported into Britain or Ireland.

Grade 2 winner Sunday Break later stood at Walmac Farm in Kentucky but was transferred to Haras de Grandcamp in France in 2009 following the emergence of Never On Sunday, the winner of last year's Prix d'Ispahan. The Japanese-bred son of Forty Niner has sired four Flat stakes winners overall stands for €4,000.

Orsippus is his best performer over jumps.

Orsippus is the third winner out of Mirror Dancing, a winninghalf-sister to the Listed-placed US runner Part Dutch.

He was purchased by Knockanglass Stables for $11,000 as a yearling at the 2007 Keeneland September Sale, and was led out unsold at £28,000 six months later at the DBS Breeze-Up Sale .




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