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Dynaste, Tom Scudamore, Kempton 26.12.12Dynaste: an impressive winner of the Feltham Novices' Chase   PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER  

Wednesday's jump races - the breeding angles

Kauto Star Feltham Novices' Chase (Grade 1)

Winner: Dynaste

6yo gr g Martaline-Bellissima De Mai (Pistolet Bleu)

THE David Pipe-trained Dynaste bolstered his RSA Chase claims with a faultless display of jumping in the Feltham Novices' Chase.

Dynaste becomes the first Grade 1 winner for Martaline, who stands at Haras de la Reboursiere et de Montaigu and in 2013 will command a fee of €4,500.

A son of Linamix, Martaline was bred by Khalid Abdulla and trained by Andre Fabre to win three stakes races, including the Group 2 Prix Maurice de Nieuil, where he beat another up-and-coming jumps sire in Westerner.

Martaline's leading Flat progeny include the black-type scorers Akarlina and Broken Kitten, but it's with his jumpers that he is making his mark, with the likes of useful chaser Toubab and Ian Williams' exciting prospect Barbatos.

Dynaste was picked up at Arqana's Summer Mixed Sale in 2010 for €8,000 by French agent Hubert Barbe, who has bought a number of leading performers for the Pipe family, including the 1999 Feltham winner Gloria Victis and top-class hurdler Valiramix.

Dynaste is the second foal and only winner out of the Pistolet Bleu mare Bellissima De Mai, who failed to hit the bullseye on the racecourse in France. She is a half-sister to the Listed-placed performer Pointissima, who has produced the useful French bumper winner Quosko De L'Isop. Christmas Hurdle (Grade 1)

Winner: Darlan

5yo br g Milan-Darbela (Doyoun)

DARLAN put himself firmly in the Champion Hurdle picture after showing a blistering turn of foot to run out a hugely impressive winner.

Darlan's sire Milan was also responsible for the runner-up Raya Star. The result caps a memorable month for the Coolmore-based stallion, who broke his Grade 1 duck in the first week of December when Jezki beat Champagne Fever in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

Milan is a son of Sadler's Wells, who has established himself as an outstanding source of National Hunt sires – leading lights include Old Vic, Oscar and last year's champion jumps sire King's Theatre.

Darlan was bought as a yearling for £13,000 at the DBS January Sale by David Redvers. He won his bumper at Haydock carrying the colours of leading owner Paul Murphy before being bought privately by JP McManus.

The five-year-old is from an established Aga Khan family and is the sixth foal out of the Doyoun mare Darbela, a half-sister to the Prix Vermeille winner Daryaba, who landed a brace of Flat races for the owner-breeder before going on to win a pair of hurdle races for Arthur Moore. Her only other winner, Amie Magnificent, won two races for Michael Hourigan.

Further back it is the family of triple Group 1 winner Darjina and useful dual purpose performer Far Cry.

William Hill King George VI Chase (Grade 1)

Winner: Long Run

7yo b/br g Cadoudal-Libertina (Balsamo)

LONG RUN had to dig deep under Sam Waley-Cohen to see off Captain Chris in the King George VI Chase.

The Nicky Henderson-trained seven-year-old is by the top-class French sire Cadoudal.

Cadoudal, who died in 2007 at the grand old age of 28, has been an integral part of National Hunt racing - siring outstanding hurdler Big Buck's and high-class chaser Lacdoudal.

Winner of the King George in 2010, the Robert Waley-Cohen-owned Long Run is from a family brimming with jumping talent. His half-sister Liberthine landed the Mildmay of Flete Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival for the same connections and looks to have a bright future at stud – her first foal Free Thinking, by Hernando, was the easy winner of a bumper on debut.

Long Run is also closely related to J'y Vole, a Grade 1-winning chaser for Willie Mullins.

Racing Post Novice Chase (Grade 1)

Winner: Arvika Ligeonniere

7yo b g Arvico-Daraka (Akarad)

ARVIKA LIGEONNIERE maintained his unbeaten run over fences with a pillar to post win in the Racing Post Novice Chase.

The lightly raced seven-year-old is the best jumps performer by Arvico, who stands at Graham Heal's Vauterhill Stud in Devon. He stood at £600 in 2012.

Arvico was less than spectacular on the racecourse, winning three races. He is by Pistolet Bleu, a sire who has been hugely popular among the jumps fraternity thanks to the exploits of star performers Sizing Europe, Geos and Snap Tie.

The Willie Mullins-trained Arvika Ligeonniere is out of the unraced Akarad mare Daraka, who has produced two other winners, most notably the Listed-winning hurdler/chaser Darastan. Darka is out of the unraced Vanelia, a half-sister to the French Group 2-placed performer Black Dancer.







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