Back to back Thyestes success for Luso gelding
Ellen Construction Thyestes H'cap Chase (Grade A) 3m
Preists Leap (Luso-Royal Shares (Royal Fountain))
FOR the second consecutive year, the Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran Park fell to the Thomas O'Leary-trained Preists Leap.
A nine-year-old son of Luso, Preists Leap was bred by Martin Doran in Ireland and sold to O'Leary for €33,000 at the 2003 Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale.
Preists Leap is from the first crop of Luso, a tough, multiple-winning half-brother to Needle Gun and Warrsan. The son of Salse was successful in four Group 1 races for trainer Clive Brittain, including the Derby Italiano and Arak-Pokal.
Luso retired to Garryrichard Stud in Ireland in 1999, since when he has been represented by the likes of Drunken Disorderly and Hear The Echo, both Grade-winning novice chasers, and the Grade 2-winning hurdler Merdeka.
Preists Leap is the only winner out of Royal Shares, an unraced Royal Fountain half-sister to two winners over jumps.
Royal Shares has an unnamed four-year-old gelding, an unnamed three-year-old filly and a yearling filly all by Luso.