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Flemenstar: impressive winner of the John Durkan Memorial Chase

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Sunday's jump races - the breeding angles

John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase (Grade 1)

Winner: Flemenstar

7yo b g Flemensfirth - Different Dee (Beau Sher)

Flemenstar boosted his Gold Cup credentials with a devastating display of jumping to beat the highly-touted Sir Des Champs by five lengths. Peter Casey's gelding was recording his seventh consecutive victory and his third at Grade 1 level.

Flemenstar shares his sire, Coolmore's Flemensfirth, with this season's black-type winning jumpers Knockfierna, Tidal bay and Zuzka.

Flemenstar owns 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.

Cork Stayers Novice Hurdle (Grade 3)

Winner: Road To Riches

5yo b g Gamut - Bellora (Over The River)

Despite a near catastrophic final-flight blunder Road To Riches extended his unbeaten sequence to four in yesterday's Cork Stayers Novice Hurdle and in the process became a first stakes winning jumper for his sire Gamut.

The Noel Meade-trained Road To Riches, who runs in the colours of Gigginstown Stud, is from the first crop of Gamut, who retired to Sunnyhill Stud in 2006 after a fine racing career that culminated with a win in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud for Sir Michael Stoute. His fee in 2012 was €1,200.

A son of Spectrum, Gamut descends from an established Ballymacoll family and is closely related to the smart Geoffrey Freer Stakes winner Multicoloured as well as Listed-winning three-year-old Athens Belle.

After an impressive eight-length point-to-point win at Sligo, Road To Riches was snapped up for £155,000 by Mags O'Toole at Brightwells' May sale at Cheltenham.

The five-year-old is a half-brother to the useful hurdler Baffin Island and is the 11th foal out of the unraced Bellora, a sister to the Grade 2-winning chaser Sullane River. Willie Mullins' top-class performer Davenport Millenium is out of Bellora's half-sister Society Belle.

Hilly Way Chase (Grade 2)

Winner: Days Hotel

7yo b g Oscar - Call Catherine (Strong Gale)

Days Hotel's bold display in the Grade 2 Hilly Way Chase at Cork yesterday capped a memorable weekend for his sire Oscar, who was responsible for five winners in Britain and Ireland.

His Saturday haul comprised Lee Westwood's unbeaten hurdler Golden Hoof, who cruised to an eight-length win at Sandown, Sue Smith's Wetherby winner Mwaleshi, Chepstow bumper winner O'Faolains Boy and exciting novice chaser Oscars Well, who boosted his Racing Post Arkle credentials with an eyecatching display at Navan.

Days Hotel is Oscar's third black-type winner of the season following Donald McCain's exciting novice hurdler Clondaw Kaempfer and Coral Hurdle victor Oscar Whisky.

Oscar, whose racecourse career included finishing second to Peintre Celebre in the French Derby, sits fifth in this season's leading sires' list and is one of three stallions in the top five by Sadler's Wells, the others being King's Theatre and Milan.

Other notable performers by the 18-year-old, who stood at Coolmore for a fee of €6,000 in 2012, include this year's Champion Hurdle hero Rock On Ruby.

Bred and raced by James Treacy, Days Hotel is from a family brimming with jumping talent. His half-brother Travino was a Grade 1-winning hurdler for Margaret Mullins and his year-older Bob's Return half-brother Trafalgar Road was a Listed-placed hurdler.

Further back it is the famil of crack chaser Love The Lord, who won the Grade 1 Power Gold Cup at Fairyhouse.





King's Theatre £1,143,037
Presenting £1,059,143
Beneficial £986,639
Oscar £896,303
Milan £863,940
Westerner £839,346
Flemensfirth £755,621
Kayf Tara £657,982
Midnight Legend £595,809
Stowaway £503,470