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Kauto Star - Kempton - King George2008Kauto Star:  right back to his best to win his third King George   PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

British-breds put in their place on Boxing Day

KAUTO STAR's third King George Gold Cup triumph headlined a successful Boxing Day for French and Irish-breds; a GB-bred runner did not triumph in any of the seven jumps stakes races held on the bank holiday in England or Ireland with Cloudy Lane, who finished third in the Grade 3 Rowland Merrick, the only GB-bred horse to finish in the placings in a stakes race.

Despite disappointing last time out when falling at Wetherby, a performance which caused a number of observers to question the abilities of the former Gold Cup winner, Kauto Star bounced back to form putting in a superb performance at Kempton.

The son of Village Star continues to carry the flag for his 15-year-old dam Kauto Relka (Port Etienne, Mill Reef) as he is by far the best progeny she has produced. Her only other winner is the older Kauto Lumen Dei, a mare by Useful who won twice over fences and once on the Flat in the French provences.

Kauto Star's younger siblings who are yet to run include a 2004 gelding by With The Flow (Irish River), a 2005 colt by Saint Cyrien and Kauto Stone, who was not sold for £90,000 at Brightwells' Cheltenham sales in April 2007. He is also by With The Flow, a stallion who finished third in the Prix Ganay and the Singapore Airlines International Cup-G1.

Kauto Star also has a 2007 half-sister from the first crop of the French Grade 1 hurdle winner Bonbon Rose and a 2008 half-brother by Priolo. Kauto Relka is still owned by Kauto Star's breeder Madame Henri Aubert.

TrainerPaul Nicholls said after the race that the horse will not run again before the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Unfortunately, the Alan King-trained Kauto The Roc, who is out of Kauto Of Realm, a half-sister to Kauto Relka, could only finish tenth in Friday's bumper at Wincanton

Just a Breeze in the Feltham Novices Chase
It was a good day for Nicholls as he was successful earlier on the card with his novice Breedsbreeze, an Irish-bred by Fresh Breeze out of the Fine Blade mare Godfreys Cross, the winner of a point-to-point and a daughter of the unraced mare Serpentine Artiste, the dam of four winners. She is a half-sister to the five-time winner and Kerry National runner-up River Cora.

Godfreys Cross is the dam of just one other winner, Safe Enough, who was successful over hurdles in 2002.

Breedsbreeze has made two appearances in the sales ring - as a foal at Goffs in 2002 when he fetched €3,400 for a cash client. He reappeared in November 2005 at Tattersalls Ireland fetching €8,200 when bought by Willie O'Neill. He was bred by Mrs Helen Walsh.

Harchibald - Snap Tie - Christmas Hurdle, Kempton

Harchibald puts his head in front overthe last to win the Christmas Hurdle

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Harchibald proves his class in the Christmas Hurdle
The enigmatic Harchibald won the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle. Held up as usual by jockey Paul Carberry, the race was run to suit and he went away from the last hurdle to win by three-quarters of a length from Snap Tie.

The nine-year-old is by Perugino, a three-quarters brother to Sadler's Wells and Tate Gallery, and is out of Dame d'Harvard, a runner-up in the Prix du Calvados-Gr3. She has produced two other winners - a sister to Harchibald, Jeu de Dame, a winner in France, and Dametori, a filly by Vettori also a winner in France. Both are now broodmares.

Dame d'Harvard has a three-year-old filly by Daylami, a two-year-old colt by Sulamani and a yearling filly by Westener.

Harchibald was bought at Goffs France in October 2002 for €90,000 by agent Bobby O'Ryan.

 

 

 

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