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Aerial - Newbury 03.03.2012

Aerial: from a family better known for its sprinting exploits

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Aerial picks up more big chase glory for Turgeon

Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Newbury 2m4f

Winner: Aerial 6yo b g Turgeon-Fille Formidable (Trempolino)

AERIAL gave his veteran French sire Turgeon another big jumps prize when getting up in the final strides to win the Grade 3 Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase over 2m4f at Newbury on Saturday.

French import Aerial, a six-year-old trained by Paul Nicholls, won over fences at Auteuil and scored in chases at Wincanton and Ascot last year.

He owed much of his success at Newbury to the strong drive of his jockey Ruby Walsh to nose out the Mull Of Kintyre gelding Dan Breen on the line.

But we must also attribute some of the horse's determination and skill over fences to Turgeon, an Irish St Leger-winning son of Caro who will cover mares aged 26 this year at Haras du Mesnil for a fee of €4,000.

Turgeon is the sire of other classy chasers Exotic Dancer, Chapoturgeon, Turgeonev and Turko.

Aerial was bred by Olivier Tricot from a family better known for its speed further back. The winning Trempolino dam, Fille Formidable, is a half-sister to Miss Ivanhoe, a Listed winner over 7f at Maisons-Laffitte.

Fille Formidable is out of  smart sprinter Robellino Miss, herself a half-sister to Ayr Gold Cup winner Grangeville and from the immediate family of Prix de l'Abbaye winner Silver Fling.

Premier Kelso Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) Kelso 2m2f

Winner: Tap Night 5yo ch g Pleasant Tap-Day Mate (Dayjur)

Tap Night, the two-length winner of Kelso's Grade 2 Novices' Hurdle, was bred in America by the late, influential breeder Edward Evans.

The complete dispersal of Evans' racehorses and breeding-stock lit up the American sale season last year, with receipts for his offerings at the Keeneland November Sale reaching over $55 million for 170 sold, headed by $4.2m mare Christmas Kid.

Tap Night's owner Jane Buchanan bought the gelding at the preceding year's Keeneland November Sale for $26,000. 

He is now trained by Lucinda Russell and he has won three of his six starts in Britain, under Jane Buchanan's jockey-brother Peter.

Tap Night is by Pleasant Tap, who is best known for his top-class Flat sons David Junior, Premium Tap and Tap Dance City.

He is out of the winning Dayjur mare Day Mate, making him a brother to Grade 2 Meadowlands Breeders' Cup Stakes winner TapDay.

Day Mate is out of the dual Grade 2-winning mare Possible Mate from the family of Grade 1 winners Prenup and Yonaguska.






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