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Swincombe Flame

Swincombe Flame (right): daughter of Exit To Nowhere landed the William Hill Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle at Kempton

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Saturday's big races:
the breeding angles

Punchestown; Visit Punchestown.com Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 3), 2m, 4yo

UT DE SIVOLA (g Robin Des Champs - Kerrana)

Bred by G. Trapenard in France

WILLIE Mullins appears to have another high-class prospect by Robin Des Champs on his hands in impressive Grade 3 Punchestown Juvenile Hurdle winner Ut De Sivola.

Mullins trains several of the best of Robin Des Champs' progeny in the brilliant hurdler Quevega, the winner of three David Nicholson Mares' Hurdles, recent Royal Bond Novice Hurdle winner Soux Le Cieux and recent Grade 2 Limerick chase scorer Sir Des Champs.

 

Robin Des Champs, a son of Garde Royale who stands for €5,000 at Glenview Stud, is also the sire of last season's Racing Post Chase winner Quinz.

Ut De Sivola's dam, triple winner Kerrana, has been a fine servant at stud, producing five winners from as many foals. As well as Ut De Sivola, they include the Listed-placed French jumper Task Force Sivola.


Warwick: Neptune Investment Management Leamington Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2), 2m5f, 5yo+

COTTON MILL (5 g Tiger Hill - Mill Line)

Bred by W and R Barnett Ltd in Britain

Although a half-brother to eight winners, including Irish and Yorkshire Oaks heroine Pure Grain and the dam of Japanese Grade 1 winner Fine Grain, Cotton Mill was picked up for just 10,000gns by Willie Jarvis as a yearling at Tattersalls in 2008.

Cotton Mill broke his maiden on the Flat for Jarvis at Newmarket and is now unbeaten in three starts over hurdles for John Ferguson, thus boosting the jumps reputation of his sire, Tiger Hill. The German-based son of Danehill is also the sire of Paul Nicholls' smart chaser Ghizao.


Kempton: William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle, 2m5f, 4yo+

SWINCOMBE FLAME (6 m Exit To Nowhere - Lady Felix)

Bred by M C and Mrs Yeo in Britain

A narrow victory over Featherbed Lane not only saw Swincombe Folly deny Saddlers' Hall a Kempton double but also halt the afternoon's winning run of the Sadler's Wells sire line.

Sadler's Wells himself was responsible for the impressive winner of Kempton's opening juvenile hurdle, Sadler's Risk, while his son King's Theatre provided the winners of the 2m novice chase and 2m5f novice hurdle in Menorah and The Druids Nephew. Another son Saddlers' Hall provided the novice handicap chase winner Moleskin.

Swincombe Flame is a daughter of Machiavellian's Group 1-winning half-brother Exit To Nowhere and shares her sire with the likes of Noland and Milligan.

Bred by her owner, M C and Mrs Yeo, when her sire stood at Scarvagh House Stud, Swincombe Flame is a sister to the placed Lady Everywhere and out of Lady Felix, a multiple winner under both codes. The daughter of Batshoof, who is a half-sister to three winners, has a three-year-old colt by With The Flow and a two-year-old colt by Scorpion.

 

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