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Hurricane Cat: the son of Storm Cat is from the family of sprint ace Dayjur

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Freshman Hurricane Cat breaks duck as a sire

FRENCH-BASED first-season sire Hurricane Cat notched his first winner on Tuesday when his daughter Festivite won a 7f fillies' maiden at Vichy onher second career start.

Festivite, trained by Jean-Pierre Gauvin for owners Jean-Pierre Jeanneret and Jacques Rousset, had finished seventh on her debut at Lyon-Parilly last month.

She is out of the Tel Quel mare Fair Foot, a four-time winner at two to four and a half-sister to Listed runner-up Diana Lodge.

The dam's other progeny includes winners Multipolaire (by Gold Away) and Tournay (Take Risks), and she also has a yearling colt by Turtle Bowl.

Festivite was purchased by Gauvin for €7,000 at the Arqana October yearling sale in Deauville.

Hurricane Cat, a son of Storm Cat and out of multiple Grade 1 winner Sky Beauty (from the family of brilliant sprinter Dayjur), compiled some decent form for trainer Aidan O'Brien at two, including a score in the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes, with subsequent dual Group 1 winner Araafa back in third.

He went on to finish third in two Group 3 races - the Concorde and Terarch Stakes - at three.

Hurricane Cat has stood at the Haras de la Haie Neuve at a fee of €3,000 since retiring to stud in 2007.





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