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Flemenstar - Fairyhouse 08/04/2012

Flemenstar: Flemensfirth gelding dominated the Grade 1 Powers Gold Cup

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Sunday's big jumps races - the breeding angles

Sunday; Fairyhouse

Powers Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1), 2m4f

FLEMENSTAR (7 g Flemensfirth - Different Dee by Beau Sher)

Bred by Donal Barnwell in Ireland

FLEMENSTAR is as short at 8-1 for next year's Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup after slamming his rivals to win the Powers Gold Cup Chase by 11 lengths. Peter Casey's gelding was recording his fifth consecutive victory and his second at Grade 1 level following his 19-length success in the Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown in January.

Flemenstar shares his sire, Coolmore's Flemensfirth, with this season's black-type winning jumpers Invictus, Medical Card and Knockfierna. Flemensfirth currently lies in fourth behind King's Theatre on the leading jumps sires' list.


Flemenstarowns a varied auction history, having sold for €11,000 to Michael Tallon at Tattersalls Ireland in February 2006 and through the same ring in November that year for €40,000 to Stephen Curran. He was unsold two years later at the Goffs Land Rover Sale for €6,200 before failing to change hands for the more significant sum of €200,000 at last year's Tattersalls Ireland May Point-to-Point Sale.

Out of the unraced Different Dee, Flemenstar is a brother to the Listed-placed hurdler Barafundle and a half-brother to hurdles winner December Sun. Further back, it is the family of Martin Pipe's runaway 1991 Welsh National winner Carvill's Hill.

Also at Fairyhouse....

Shadow Eile maintained the fine season enjoyed by Beneficial's progeny when holding off Burn And Turn (by Flemensfirth) to win the Grade 2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares' Novice Hurdle Championship Final by a neck.

Sean Reilly's homebred is the fifth Graded jumps winner sired this season by Knockhouse Stud's Beneficial following Mount Benbulben, Monksland, Kid Cassidy and Benefficient.

Unsoldboth times she was offered at auction, Shadow Eile is bred to be smart as a sister to Grade 2 bumper winner Corkskeagh Royale and Listed-placed bumper mare Corkskeagh Shadow. They are out of the unraced Supreme Leader mare Rubys Shadow.

In the Grade 2 novice hurdle, J P McManus' Jenari justified 11/4 favouritism for Jessica Harrington to become the third black-type winning jumper sired by Coolmore's Milan.

Bred in Ireland by Gerard M. McGrath, Jenari is a brother to Harrington's promising dual bumper winner Jezki and a half-brother to the classy hurdler Jered, who won the Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestownin 2008. They are out of the placed Phardante mare La Noire.




King's Theatre £1,142,569
Presenting £1,058,475
Beneficial £986,639
Oscar £896,303
Milan £863,940
Westerner £839,012
Flemensfirth £755,621
Kayf Tara £657,044
Midnight Legend £595,332
Stowaway £503,470