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Grumeti - Cheltenham - 28/01/2012

Grumeti (near side): a half-brother to winning jumper Ellerslie Tom

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How Saturday's big jumps winners were bred

JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial (Registered As The Finesse Juvenile Hurdle) (Grade 2)

Winner: Grumeti (Sakhee - Tetravella)

SAKHEE appears to have a live Cheltenham Festival contender in the form of the Alan King-trained Grumeti, who was awarded this race in the steward's room after suffering interference from first-past-the-post Pearl Swan.

A dual winner on the Flat for Michael Bell, Grumeti was purchased by Highflyer Bloodstock in conjunction with King for 100,000gns at last year's Tattersalls Horses-In-Training Sale.

Sakhee has had only a small band of jumpers so far, but Alan King has already enjoyed success with his offspring, courtesy of the useful hurdler Squadron.

The dual Group 1 winner Sakhee has produced three top-flight winners on the Flat at varying ends of the distance spectrum: the July Cup winner Sakhee's Secret, FPoule d'Essai des Poulains hero Tin Horse and the globe-trotting middle-distance Group1 winner Presvis.

Four-year-old Grumeti is out of the Groom Dancer mare Tetravella, a triple winning half-sister to the Listed-placed duo Torcello and Tencarola. He is a half-brother to five other winners, most notably the multiple hurdles winner Ellerslie Tom.

Sky Bet Mobile For iPhone Lightning Novices' Chase (Grade 2)

KidCassidy (Beneficial - Shuil Na Lee)

KID CASSIDY stayed on well to win his first graded race and put himself bang in the picture for the Racing Post Arkle.

He also bids to improve his sire's record at the festival; in the last nine years Beneficial has only sired one winner at the March showpiece, that winner coming courtesy of the Willie Mullins-trained RSA Chase winner Cooldine.

It has been a stellar season for Beneficial and the Knockhouse Stud inmate is currently sitting pretty at the top of leading sires table.

The 22-year-old son of Top Ville has growing band of ammunition to go to war with at Cheltenham in March, including the highly touted novices Make Your Mark, Vesper Bell and Monksland.

Kid Cassidy, who ran in the famous Sue Magnier silks on his first two starts, was bought as a three-year-old store by her son MV Magnier for €28,000 at the Derby Sale in 2009 - a reasonable price, considering the horse's pedigree.

Kid Cassidy is out of the unraced mare Shuil Na Lee, whose progeny have been running very well lately.

Last Saturday the David Arbuthnot-trained Shuil Royale was a hugely impressive winner at Wincanton and Kid Cassidy was successful in a novice chase two days prior to that.

She has also produced four other winners including the Grade 2-winnig chaser River City. Kid Cassidy descends from a family bursting with top-class jumpers, including Trafford Lad and Joncol, both dual Grade 1 winners in Ireland.

Argento Chase (Registered As The Cotswold Chase) (Grade 2)

Midnight Chase (Midnight Legend - Yamrah)

MIDNIGHT CHASE enhanced his affinity with the undulations of Prestbury Park, leading form pillar to post to run out a game winner.

Midnight Chase is by the Pitchall Farm resident Midnight Legend, one of a few jumpers to develop into a useful sire. He has produced a number of leading lights over jumps including the Nicky Henderson-trained My Petra, the Cheltenham Festival winner Holmwood Legend and the recently retired Sparky May.

Midnight Chase is out of the triple Flat scorer Yamrah, who has produced three other winners including the dual winner and Listed-placed mare Barton May.

Midnight Chase relishes a test of stamina and it's no surprise considering he is from a family that includes the dual
Group 1-winning stayer Mr Dinos.

Rewards4Racing Cleeve Hurdle (Grade 2)

Big Buck's (Cadoudal - Buck's)

THE mighty Big Buck's made it 15 wins on the bounce here and was once again hugely impressive.

He is by the top-class French sire Cadoudal, who died in 2007 at the grand old age of 28 but whose progeny are still are major force to be reckoned with in the National Hunt sphere.

The sire is responsible for last year's Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Long Run; other notable offspring include the useful staying chaser Lacdoudal and going further back the Paul Nicholls-trained chaserFadalko.

Big Buck's was a dual winner in Auteuil before a high-profile switch to Paul Nicholls' yard at Ditcheat, where it was believed that chasing would be his game.

The nine-year-old Big Buck's is out of Buck's,a winning sister to the Listed Prix Journaliste Steeplechase Buck's Dream and Listed Prix Roger de Minvielle Steeplechase runner-up Buck's Glory.

His brother Buck's Boum was a winning hurdler over 2m2f in France before finishing second to Long Run in the Grade 1 sponsored Prix Cambaceres Hurdle.

He now stands at Haras d'Enki for a fee of €1,500.


For a staying hurdler, Big Buck's shows plenty of toe throughhis races and speed can be traced in his family. His third dam Thereby, produced crack miler Pas de Seuk, who was successful in the Group 1 Prix de la Foret at Longchmap.





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