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Ballabriggs wins the Grand National at Aintree 09.04.2011

Ballabriggs is a first Grand National winner for Presenting

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Aintree live: first National for Presenting

Final Aintree standings

No. of British-bred winners: 2

No. of French-bred winner: 8

No. of Irish-bred winners: 10

No stallion sired more than one winner although Cadoudal featured as the paternal grandsire of John Smith's Mildmay Novices' Chase hero Quito De La Roque - by Saint Des Saints - in addition to siring the brilliant Liverpool Hurdle winner Big Buck's.

5.40pm: Victory by Steps To Freedom rounds off an interesting day for supporters of the former Coolmore stallion Statue Of Liberty.

Statue Of Liberty's southern hemisphere runners are headed by the high-class sprinter Hay List, who found only Black Caviar too good in the T J Smith Stakes in Australia earlier today.

Steps To Freedom is from the first crop of the Coventry Stakes winner, who swapped Coolmore for East Stud in Japan in 2008. Indeed, Steps To Freedom is bred to be effective on the Flat as the firstfoal out of a placed three-parts sister to 2,000 Guineas winner King Of Kings. Michael Thornton bred the gelding, who was sold to Peter Fortune for €7,000 at the 2007 Goffs Sportsman Yearling Sale.

5.10pm: The John Smith's Handicap Hurdle goes to the Paul Nolan-trained Far Away So Close, a son of the Top Ville stallion Norwich.

A £41,000 purchase at the 2008 DBS May Sale by Mags O'Toole, the gelding is the only winner out of bumper and chase winner Ballyknock Lass. The daughter of Electric is a half-sister to Norwich's finest performer, 2006 Queen Mother Champion Chase hero Newmill.

4.30pm: A brave victory by Ballabriggs in the Grand National sees Presenting leap to the head of the leading jumps sires' list.

With Oscar Time taking second, Oscar moves ahead of long-time leader King's Theatre into second. Last year's winner, Don't Push It (by Old Vic), ran third. The first three home were Irish-bred.

Ballabriggs is the first Grand National winner for Glenview Stud's Presenting, who has been a standing fixture among the elite jumps sires for the past six years. The son of Mtoto has been crowned champion sire three times - in 2006-07, 2008-09 and 2009-10.

Ballabriggs was bred by Mrs S L Jackson in Ireland out of the winning pointer Papoose and is a brother to triple jumps winner Letterman, who ran second in the 2007 Nas Na Riogh Novices' Chase at Naas.

Papoose is a half-sister to Hi Cloy, who enjoyed one of his finest moments at Aintree when winning the 2006 John Smith's Melling Chase. He also ran 11th in 2008 Grand National.

Papoose has a three-year-old filly by Desert King and a yearling sister to the winner.

Highflyer Bloodstock paid €32,000 for the winner at the 2002 Tattersalls Ireland November Sale. He had cost John Brady €12,000 at the previous year's Goffs December National Hunt Sale.

3.50pm: Old Vic's progeny have a superb record over the Aintree fences - he was responsible for the first two home, Don't Push It and Black Apalachi, in last year's Grand National - and today's race could see him further enhance his reputation.

The late son of Sadler's Wells is represented by four runners, namely Comply Or Die, Don't Push It, In Compliance and Vic Venturi.

Another son of Sadler's Wells, Accordion, is responsible for The Tother One and Character Building while Flemensfirth is double-handed through Tidal Bay and The Midnight Club.

In all, 27 of the runners were bred in Ireland compared to eight in France and just five in Britain.

Royal Rosa is the most expensive runner to be sourced at public auction, having sold for 340,000gns at the 2003 DBS May Sale to Howard Johnson. By contrast, West End Rocker cost just €2,000 as a foal although he later sold for £100,000 to Highflyer Bloodstock at the 2009 Brightwells Cheltenham April Sale.

No fewer than 17 of the runners were sold through Tattersalls Ireland.

3.30pm: A brave Prince de Beauchene lands the John Smith's Handicap Chase. The French-bred is the highest-rated of just two winning jumpersin Britain and Ireland by French Glory, a son of Sadler's Wells who won the 1990 Grade 1 Rothman's International in Canada.

Bred by Raymond Bellanger, Prince de Beauchene is a half-brother to the 2007 Welsh National winner Miko de Beauchene. They are out of Chipie d'Angron, a placed daughter of Grand Tresor.

3.05pm: Second Irish-bred winner of the day as Oscar Whisky holds off a fast finishing Thousand Stars (by Grey Risk) to win the John Smith's Aintree Hurdle.

The gelding, bred by Stephanie Hanly, was one of three runners in the race by Coolmore's leading jumps stallion Oscar and is the only winner out of winning hurdler Ash Baloo, a Phardante half-sister to smart Irish jumper Lucky Baloo.

Ash Baloo has a two-year-old filly by Milan and a yearling sister to the winner.

Oak Tree Farm paid €36,000 for Oscar Whisky at the 2006 Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale. They resold him for €80,000 to G. Walters at the 2008 Goffs Land Rover Sale.

2.30pm: Jumping wins the day as Finian's Rainbow, one of just 16 foals from the third and final crop of Prix Royal-Oak winner Tiraaz, holds off Ghizao to win the John Smith's Maghull Novices' Chase.

Former Ballycurragh Stud resident Tiraaz died in 2003 and left behind just 66 registered foals. As well as Finian's Rainbow, the son of Lear Fan is also the sire of Galway Plate winner Ballyholland and the Grade 2-winning hurdler Tazbar.

Finian's Rainbow was bred in Ireland by James O'Keeffe of Harveystown Stud out of Trinity Gale, a daughter of Strong Gale whom O'Keeffe trained to win a point-to-point at Ballon. Finian's Rainbow is the only winner to date out of the mare.

O'Keeffe sold Finian's Rainbow for €8,000 to T. Mahony at the 2007 Goffs June National Hunt Sale.

Runner-up Ghizao is bred to excel on the Flat as a son of Tiger Hill out of 1997 Fillies' Mile heroine Glorosia.

1.55pm: Sons of Sadler's Wells accounted for a third of the field in the John Smith's Mersey Novices' Hurdle and they duly filled the first three places with Spirit Son pulling well clear of Cue Card (by King's Theatre) and Rock On Ruby (by Oscar).

Spirit Son is the latest star for Haras d'Etreham's Poliglote, also the sire of Group 1-winning brothers Saint Du Chenet and Tanais Du Chenet in France as well as notable performers such as Butler's Cabin, Spirit River and Lingo in Britain and Ireland.

Poliglote, who won the 1994 Criterium de Saint-Cloud, is also a popular stallion in Argentina, where his best produce include Group 1 Flat winners Cacchora Wells and Kalath Wells.

Bred by Anne Baudrelle and Jean-Marc Baudrelle in France, Spirit Son is out of French jumps winner Kirzinnia and a half-brother to Risko, who ran second in the Prix Hubert d'Aillieres at Auteuil in 2007.

Kirzinnia is a half-sister to four jumps winners including Miss Raho, the dam of smart French jumpers Hercule Noir and Roc De Sivola. Another half-sister, Kirkla, has also clicked with Poliglote to produce 2005 Prix Edmond Barrachin Steeplechase winner Kiko.

Poliglote, a son of Sadler's Wells who won the 1994Criterium de Saint-Cloud, spends the northern hemisphere season at Haras d'Etreham in France. However, he is also a popular stallion in Argentina, where his best produce include Group 1 Flat winners Cacchora Wells and Kalath Wells.


GRAND National hopefuls Dooneys Gate and Oscar Time head a band of runners at Aintree today which could provide Coolmore stallion Oscar with a legitimate chance of securing the jumps sires' crown.

Oscar, who currently lies in third behind King's Theatre and Presenting on the leading jumps sires' list, holds strong chances throughout the day - in addition to Dooneys Gate and Oscar Time, the Paul Nicholls-trained Rock on Ruby lines up in the opening John Smith's Mersey Novices' Hurdle; Oscar Dan Dan, Oscar Whisky and Peddlers Cross clash in the John Smith's Aintree Hurdle; and Oscar Magic takes his chance in the John Smith's Champion Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

Interestingly, both Oscar Dan Dan and Oscar Whiskey are both out of Phardante mares.

A good afternoon at Aintree would cap an excellent season for Oscar following the Grade 1 successes of Big Zeb, Minella Class, Oscars Well, Oscar Whiskey and Peddlers Cross.

 

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TOP TEN

STALLION £ TOTAL PRIZE
King's Theatre £928,943
Presenting £854,809
Beneficial £702,808
Milan £673,067
Oscar £656,070
Westerner £543,568
Flemensfirth £465,623
Kayf Tara £421,559
Stowaway £372,236
Midnight Legend £361,335