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Flemensfirth gelding gifted Grade 1 win

Sunday: Deloitte Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m2f, Leopardstown.

PANDORAMA (g Flemensfirth - Gretchen's Castle)

PANDORAMA was seemingly beaten as Cousin Vinny loomed up nearing the final flight, but the Willie Mullins-trained gelding crumpled on landing, enabling Pandorama to register a 15-length victory.

Pandorama is the fifth Grade 1 winner by dual Group 1 hero Flemensfirth following Muirhead, who was also second to Brave Inca in the Irish Champion Hurdle, last season's Arkle Chase hero Tidal Bay, Joe Lively and Total Enjoyment.

The son of Alleged, who currently lies in second place on the leading jump sires' list, commands a fee of €10,000 at The Beeches Stud in Ireland.

Bred by P. Carmody in Ireland, Pandorama is the last registered foal and only winner out of Gretchen's Castle, a daughter of 1983 Derby runner-up Carlingford Castle. The unraced mare is a half-sister to three minor winners over jumps.

Unbelievably, Pandorama was knocked down for just €5,000 to a cash buyer at the 2003 Goffs December Sale and retained for €4,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland National Hunt Sale the following year.

First Grade 1 success for Beneficial

FORPADYDEPLASTERER looked to have the measure of Cooldine as they jumped the last in the Grade 1 Dr P. J. Moriarty Novice Chase, but the latter showed an admirable attitude to fight back and win cosily by two-and-a-half lengths.

Cooldine's victory was particularly notable in that it was a first Grade 1 victory for Knockhouse Stud's Beneficial, who came agonisingly close to that landmark when Sweet Kiln was beaten a short head by Aitmatov in the 2007 Hatton's Grace Hurdle.

Cooldine himself came close to landing a Grade 1 success when third in the Durkan New Homes Novice Chase in December.

Bred by Eleanor Hadden, the seven-year-old gelding is the only winner out of Shean Ailann, a sister to the high-class hurdlers Brackenfield and Brackenheath.

The daughter of Le Moss, who was placed once in a bumper, is the dam of a five-year-old brother to Cooldine, who was knocked down to Mags O'Toole for £100,000 at last year's Brightwells Cheltenham National Hunt Breeze Up.

Shean Ailann also has a four-year-old filly by Alderbrook, a two-year-old filly by Great Palm and a yearling brother to Cooldine.

Cooldine was a €10,000 buy by Andrew Slattery at the 2005 Goffs Land Rover Sale.

 

 

 

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