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Marasonnien - Punchestown 25.04.2012

Marasonnien: shares his sire with former Willie Mullins star Golden Silver

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New Mansonnien star for Mullins at Punchestown

Irish Daily Mirror War Of Attrition Novice Hurdle (Grade 1), 3m

MARASONNIEN (6 g Mansonnien - Maracay by Subotica)

Bred by Noelle Hosselet and Sandra Hosselet in France

MARASONNIEN led home a clean sweep for Willie Mullins and the Ricci family in this event. The six-year-old is yet another classy performer by former French champion jumps sire Mansonnien to be handled by Mullins following the top-class 2m chaserGolden Silver and 2008 Dr P. J. Moriarty Novice Chase heroine J'y Vole.

Mansonnien, a son of Tip Moss who ran third in the 1989 Prix Ganay, enjoyed a long and highly successful stud career in France, during whichhe also produced top-class jumpers such as Bonbon Rose (now at stud) and Rock Noir.


Marasonnien is the only winner from four foals out of Maracay, an unraced daughter of 1992 Arc hero Subotica. She is a half-sister to three minor winners; two on the Flat and one over jumps. Champion INH Flat Race (Grade 1)

CHAMPAGNE FEVER (5 g Stowaway - Forever Bubbles by Roselier)

Bred by John P. Cahill in Ireland

Champagne Fever became the first Grade 1 winner for last year's busiest stallion Stowaway when successful in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival, and followed up here with a game performance.

Stowaway, who won the 1997 Great Voltigeur Stakes for Godolphin, attracted 312 mares last season after siring the likes of Western Leader and Hidden Cyclone out of his early small crops. The son of Slip Anchor stands at Whytemount Stud.

Champagne Fever is a half-brother to the Listed-placed chaser Presenting Forever and out of an unraced half-sister to two jumps winners. He was sold for €17,500 to Michael O'Mara at the 2010 Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale.




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