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Soldatino wins the Triumph hurdle Cheltenham 19.03.2010

Soldatino (right): denied Barizan to win the Triumph Hurdle

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Two up for French-breds on Gold Cup day

The gap between Irish and French-bred Festival winners closed further after Thousand Stars' victory in the Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle.

Soldatino's Triumph Hurdle success had left the score 13-seven in Ireland's favour but Thousand Stars - ironically Irish-trained - reduced the gap to five.

He is by Grey Risk, a son of Kendor whose previous biggest winner was French-trained Flat handicapper Lougo.

Soldatino, meanwhile,  is the first foal of his dam, who won seven AQPS races over middle-distances on the Flat.

He is by some way the best runner under Rules by his sire, Graveron, a son of Mille Balles who finished fourth in the Istanbul Trophyand stood at Haras de la Petite Brunie near Pompadour in France.

The second and third, the battling Barizan and Alaivan, are both by Kalanisi, sire of 2007 Triumph Hurdle winner Katchit, and bred by the Aga Khan, who also bred last year's Triumph Hurdle winner Zaynar.





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