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Oscar Time behind Ballabriggs at Aintree 09.04.2011

Ballabriggs: Grand National win was influential in handing Presenting a fourth leading jumps sires' title

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Presenting lands
fourth jumps sires' title

PRESENTING was officially crowned the champion jumps sire of 2010-11 in Britain and Ireland on Saturday as he ended the season with progeny earnings approximately £300,000 ahead of his closest pursuer, Oscar.

At the close of Saturday's action, the seasonal tally for Glenview Stud's son of Mtoto  read 80 individual winners in Britain and Ireland and £1,915,065 in total prize-money, enough to hand him his third consecutive leading jumps sires' championship and fourth in total.

The championship was effectively gifted to Presenting two weeks ago when Ballabriggs landed the Grand National, worth £535,100 to the winner. Oscar's cause was also aided that day, in his case through Oscar Time whose runner-up effort provided the stallion with a £201,590 boost that saw him follow Presenting by surpassing long-time leader King's Theatre. Second place represents a personal best for Coolmore's Oscar although his final total of £1,618,794 falls short of the £1,841,590 won by his progeny in 2009-10.

Third-placed King's Theatre ended the season with an impressive 39 per cent winners to runners ratio, which in terms of stallions with more than 100 runners, is matched only by his sire, Sadler's Wells.

Another son of Sadler's Wells, Montjeu, owns the rare distinction of appearing in the top ten in both the jumps and 2010 leading Flat sires' list. Montjeu owed his tenth place primarily to Champion Hurdle hero Hurricane Fly.

The tight battle for leading British-based jumps sire fell to  Pitchall Stud's Midnight Legend, whose final total of £482,219 placed him in 12th, £3,414 ahead of Alflora. Although he didn't sire any winners on Saturday, Storymaker's effort when second in the 3m handicap chase at Carlise was enough see Midnight Legend come out on top. The son of Night Shift has had to gain recognition the hard way, climbing from a fee of £800 to this year's high of £4,000.

One illustration of how that fee rise has been well earned is the fact he sired the first two home, Holmwood Legend and Aimigayle, in the Byrne Group Plate at the Cheltenham Festival as well as the high-class multiple-winning hurdler Sparky May.

 

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TOP TEN

STALLION £ TOTAL PRIZE
King's Theatre £1,208,300
Presenting £1,095,372
Beneficial £1,002,099
Oscar £951,910
Westerner £882,168
Milan £881,688
Flemensfirth £831,322
Kayf Tara £690,079
Midnight Legend £607,151
Stowaway £509,224