So Young on his way to victory in the Punchestown novice hurdlePICTURE: CAROLINE NORRIS
Punchestown double for German stallion Lavirco
LAVIRCO, the German-bred sire who has a smart portfolio of jumpers in Britain and Ireland including Mikael D'Haguenet and James De Vassy, sired a double at Punchestown on Wednesday with Rio Du Mee and So Young.
By Konigsstuhl out of the Surumu mare La Virginia, Lavirco won the German Derby the Group 1 Europa-Preis at three. He died in 1999 aged 16.
His novice hurdle winner So Young is, like Mikael D'Haguenet, trained by Willie Mullins. Out of the French-bred Honey, a daughter of Highlanders, the gelding is a half-brother to Listed-winning French chaser Ograndy and a brother to Listed-placed chaser Quarouso.
Now an impressive winner on both hurdling starts in Ireland, So Young has entries in all three novice hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival. He was a triple winner from five starts in France.
The six-year-old Roi Du Mee is owned by Gigginstown House Stud, and won an AQPS race in the French provinces before winning his debut for trainer Gordon Elliott over hurdles. A winner last time out at Limerick, he has now won or been placed in seven of 11 starts for Elliott.
Roi Du Mee is the seventh foal of his dam, British Nellerie by Le Pontet, and was the first winner in France - of four to have raced - though she has produced another winner since, Seigneur Du Mee, by Louveteau.