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Riverside Theatre - Ascot - 18/02/2012

Riverside Theatre: another Grade 1 winner for his sire King's Theatre

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Saturday's big jumps race breeding angles

Red Mills Chase (Grade 2), 2m4f

RUBI LIGHT (7 g Network - Genny Lights)

GERMAN Group 2 winner Network is quickly establishing himself as a leading sire of chasers, highlighted by today's scorer Rubi Light and yesterday's highly impressive winner Sprinter Sacre.

Network, a son of Monsun, is also the sire of the top-class French chaser Rubi Ball, who won the Grade 1 Prix La Haye Jousselin at Auteuil last November, and Craon Listed jumps winner Quecy De Chadzeau.

Network stands under the French National Stud banner at the Centre Technique Treban for €2,100.

Rubi Light is the best of two winners out of the placed Genny Lights, a Lights Out half-sister to two winners over jumps in France.


Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle (Grade 2), 2m

Binocular (8 g Enrique  - Ciel Et Blanc)

THE 2010 Champion hurdle winner Binocular looked back to his best here - travelling strongly and jumping with pin-point accuracy. The win puts him firmly in the picture for this year's Champion Hurdle.

Binocular's sire Enrique, a son of Barathea, was successful in the Group 3 Greenham Stakes as a three-year-old for Sir Henry Cecil and has established himself as a useful dual-purpose sire.

He is responsible for Obrigado a dual Grade 2-winner on the Flat in America and Binocular was also an admiral performer on the Flat, finishing second in the Listed Prix Francois Mathet for his breeder and former trainer Elie Lellouche.

None of Enrique's jumpers have reached the heady heights of Binocular, but Avenue Marceau gained success in a Group 3 hurdle at Auteuil, as did the filly Slim Pearl.Enrique has stood at Haras du Hoguenet for the past four years and next year will command a fee of €4,000.

Binocular's dam, Bleu Ciel Et Blanc, won once on the Flat over 1m5f as a three-year-old. The daughter of Pistolet Bleuis responsible for four winners, including Remember Now, who has won twice for Binocular's connections JP McManus and trainer Nicky Henderson without ever showing the same level of ability as his brother.

Binocular's yearling half-brother, from the first crop of the iconic stayer Yeats, topped the Tattersalls Ireland February National Hunt Sale recently when he was knocked down to Ormond Bloodstock for €100,000.


Betfair Ascot Chase (Grade 1), 2m5f

Riverside Theatre (8 g King's Theatre - Disallowed)

THE Nicky Henderson-trained Riverside Theatre booked his place in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham with a performance full of class.

King's Theatre's death last year has been well publicised, but his progeny are still excelling on the track. This was his third Grade 1 winner of the season in Britain and Ireland following Fingal Bay's Challow Hurdle win and Voler La Vedette's victory in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle.

The sire was also responsible for Brindisi Breeze, who was an impressive winner of the Grade 2 Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle at Haydock earlier in the afternoon.

Owned by the renowned actor Jimmy Nesbitt,Riverside Theatre was bought by Highflyer Bloodstock for £44,000 at Doncaster as a three-year-old. He is out of Disallowed, a four times winning hurdler at up to 2m4f and is a brother to Mayor Of Kilcock , who was successful over hurdles.

Riverside Theatre shows plenty of speed in his races and it's no surprises considering he descends from a family that includes the dual Group 1-winning sprinter Committed.







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