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SILVINIACO CONTI Haydock 24/11/12

Silviniaco Conti: completes a memorable month for his sire Dom Alco

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HAYDOCK: Betfair Chase (Grade 1, 3m)

Silviniaco Conti 

6yo ch g Dom Alco - Gazelle Lulu (Altayan)

SILVINIACO CONTI was a hugely impressive winner of the Betfair Chase and must surely be in the mix for next year's Gold Cup after a superior display of relentless galloping and fluent jumping.

Silviniaco Conti's win also continues a memorable hot streak for his sire Dom Alco, who has had five individual winners in the month of November.

The last year has been highly fruitful for Dom Alco, who died in 2010 aged 23, with a number of his progeney capturing some of jumps racing's most coveted prizes.

Grands Crus landed the Feltham Novices' Chase at Christmas, while Neptune Collonges scored a memorable win in the Grand National and Al Ferof was an authoritative winner of last week's Paddy Power Gold Cup.

Other notable progeny include David Pipe's smart novice hurdler Gevrey Chambertin, a brother to Grands Crus, who won at Haydock on Friday.

Silviniaco Conti was bred by Patrick Joubert and is out of the five-time winner Gazelle Lulu. She has translated her racecourse ability to a number of her progeny including the Listed-winning chasers Ucello Conti and Toscana Conti, a sister to Silviniaco Conti.

ASCOT: Amlin 1965 Chase (Grade 2, 2m3f)

Captain Chris 

8yo b g King's Theatre - Function Dream (Strong Gale)

CAPTAIN CHRIS dug deep to run out a comprehensive winner and his victory serves as a reminder of what a loss King's Theatre is to jumps breeders following his death last year.

King's Theatre, who was crowned champion jumps sire for the first time last season, will be represented by a number of exciting prospects this season, including the top-class chaser Riverside Theatre, exciting novice chaser Fingal Bay and star mare Voler La Vedette.

King's Theatre's final crop of foals have been selling recently and at Tattersalls Ireland's November National Hunt Sale 29 lots by the sire sold for €829,300, headed by a colt foal out of the dual Grade 2 winner Pomme Tiepy, who was snapped up by Ben Case for €75,000.

The 2011 Arkle Chase winner Captain Chris is one of four foals produced by the high-class racemare Function Dream, a triple Grade 2 winner for Mary Reveley who won the Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot.

Captain Chris's sister Dream Function was a dual-winning hurdler for Philip Hobbs and his five-year-old Presenting half-brother is still a maiden after four runs for Jonjo O'Neill.

ASCOT: Coral Hurdle (Grade 2, 2m3½f)

Oscar Whisky

7yo b g Oscar - Ash Baloo (Phardante)

A DOMINANT Oscar Whisky turned what looked like a competitive race into a procession.

The Nicky Henderson-trained Oscar Whisky is by Coolmore's National Hunt stalwart Oscar, who continues to be a perennial source of outstanding jumps progeny highlighted by last year's Champion Hurdle hero Rock On Ruby.

Oscar, like King's Theatre, is a son of Sadler's Wells, who continues to be a big influence on National Hunt breeding. Currently, five of the top ten jump racing sires are by Sadler's Wells - King's Theatre, Milan, Oscar, Old Vic and Montjeu.

Oscar Whisky was bred by Stephanie Hanly of Grange Hill Stud, who sold the horse for €36,000 to Oak Tree Farm as a yearling. They re-offered him as a three-year-old at Goffs where he was bought by Dai Walters for €80,000.

The seven-year-old Oscar Whisky is the fourth foal out of the Phardante mare Ash Baloo, who won a 2m maiden hurdle for Charlie Swan. Ash Baloo's other progeny to have run include the Milan five-year-old Taraval, a winning hurdler, who is Grade 3-placed over fences.




King's Theatre £1,143,037
Presenting £1,059,143
Beneficial £986,639
Oscar £896,303
Milan £863,940
Westerner £839,346
Flemensfirth £755,621
Kayf Tara £657,982
Midnight Legend £595,809
Stowaway £503,470