Punchestown: Go Roger Go half-brother scores
O FORTUNA overcame uninspiring form figures of 40-P to break his duck over jumps with a hard-fought head victory over Dushyantor gelding Fever Pitch in the Festival Hospitality Maiden Hurdle at Punchestown on Wednesday.
The Dessie Hughes-trained seven-year-old King's Theatre gelding is out of the Strong Gale mare Tonto's Girl,a bumper winner at Gowran Park.
He becomes Tonto's Girl's fourth winner, but he will have to improve again to match the achievements of his older half-brother Go Roger Go, a son of Phardante.
Go Roger Go was trained by Edward O'Grady to win nine races including the 2000 Tripleprint Gold Cup.
Meanwhile, Marias The One, an Ala Hounak half-sister to Go Roger Go and O Fortuna, has produced Grade 3-placed chaser Brave Betsy.
O Fortuna is another winner for Ballylinch Stud's Sadler's Wells stallion King's Theatre.
The sire is enjoying a standout jumps season, leading the stallion's list as the only one whose progeny have earned in excess of £1 million.
His stars of 2010-11 are headed by Captain Chris, Cue Card, Menorah, Riverside Theatre and Voler La Vedette.