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Sunday's big jumps races - the breeding angles

Navan Novice Hurdle (Grade 1, 2m4f)

Winner: Pont Alexandre

4yo b g Dai Jin - Panzella (Kahyasi)

IMPRESSIVE bumper and maiden hurdle winner Don Cossack was sent off a short-priced favourite to announce his arrival on the big stage in this race but the German-bred had no answer to a fellow countryman, the slick frontrunner Pont Alexandre.

Pont Alexandre, trained by Willie Mullins for Rich Ricci, is a son of Deutsches Derby hero Dai Jin, who stood in Germany until last year, when he was sold to stand in Turkey.

The best offspring by Dai Jin, a son of Peintre Celebre from the immediate family of Worthadd, are September's Group 1 Preis von Europa winner Girolamo and Group 2 Oppenheim-Union-Rennen scorer Liang Kay.

Pont Alexandre was bred by Paul Hilger out of the Kahyasi mare Panzella, a half-sister to Prix Kergorlay winner Ponte Tresa from the family of Prix Maurice de Gheest heroine Porlezza.

Tara Hurdle (Grade 2, 2m4f)

Winner: Owega Star

5yo br g Basanta - Los Monteros (College Chapel)

Owega Star scored his first black-type win with a hard-fought victory over Maller Tree (Karinga Bay) in the Tara Hurdle.

The Peter Fahey-trained gelding is by Basanta, a Sadler's Wells brother to Don Cossack's sire Sholokhov. Basanta is best known for siring the Grade 3-winning chasers Archie Boy and Santa's Son.

Owega Star was bred by his owner Anthony Callan out of the placed College Chapel mare Los Monteros, who was sold by Callan for just €700 to Niall Amond at Goresbridge in 2007.

Irish Form Book "Future Champions" INH Flat Race
(Grade 2, 2m)

Winner: Union Dues

4yo b g Malinas - Royale Dorothy (Smadoun)

Union Dues lowered the colours of the highly-touted Champagne James (Stowaway) with a powerful burst of acceleration to win this informative bumper by just under four lengths.

The victory of Union Dues again vindicates the decision to import his sire Malinas to stand at Yorton Farm in Shropshire before this year's breeding season.

Malinas is also the sire of Easter Day, a wide-margin winner of his last two starts in novice hurdles for Paul Nicholls, and Touch The Eden, an easy maiden hurdle winner at Thurles last month for Willie Mullins who holds an entry in the Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown on December 27.

Union Dues was bred by John Hanamy out of the Flat-placed Smadoun mare Royale Dorothy.






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