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Final Bay - Cheltenham 13/11/2011

Fingal Bay: survived a blunder at the second last to give sire King's Theatre a Grade 2 double over hurdles today

  PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER  

Grade 2 double for King's Theatre

WHATEVER  Great Pretender can do, his sire King's Theatre can do better.

Although King's Theatre has not sired a Grade 1 winner today - a feat his son managed for the first time today with Grand D'Auteuil's win in France - the deceased Ballylinch Stud sire has claimed a Grade 2double.

The run of success was kicked off by his stalwart performer Voler La Vedette, the mare winning her 11th race and her fourth at graded level when takingthe Lismullen Hurdle (G2) at Navan. 

Her performance was followed up later in the afternoon by Fingal Bay, touted by trainer Philip Hobbs as one of thebest he has ever trained,when he justified favouritism in the Neptune Investments Novice Hurdle (G2) at Cheltenham, a race he won in fine style. His performance had punters and racing fans looking ahead in anticipation to the Festival in March.

Fingal Bay is a half-brother to the bumper, Flat, hurdle and Grade 3 chase winner Oodachee as well as to the 2m1f hurdle winner Bold Exit. His dam Lady Marguerrite (Blakeney) ran twice  and is from the top-class family of Classic Cliche and My Emma.

Fingal Bay was bred by James Kinsella, who sold him for €16,000 at the Tattersalls November Sale as a foal. He was reconsigned at the 20089 Derby Sale by Ballincurrig House Stud, but failed to sell for €15,000,

 

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