Bloodstock Bites: Supreme hope
Chris Hill brings us the latest from the bloodstock world and reflects on the action from the track and the sales ring.
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The Paul Nicholls-trained Irving (Singspiel) recorded his second Grade Two success on Saturday when running out a most impressive winner of Kempton's Dovecote Novices' Hurdle to maintain his unbeaten record over hurdles and endorse his claims for next month's Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle, for which he is currently shading favouritism from Willie Mullins' Vautour (Robin des Champs).
One of two winners out of the German mare Indigo Girl (Sternkoenig), who from two racecourse starts was a winner over ten furlongs before a third place finish in the 2005 German Oaks, Irving is a three-parts brother to last year's Group Two Oppenheim Union-Rennen winner Ivanhowe (Soldier Hollow) from the same family as Noel Meade's dual-Grade One winning hurdler Jazz Messenger (Acatenango).
A four-time winner at the highest level for Sheikh Mohammed when trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Singspiel is more famous as a Flat sire having been responsible for thirteen individual Grade/Group One flat winners including the three-time Group One winner Dar Re Mi.
However, the former Darley stallion who passed away in 2010 has produced successful National Hunt performers before with Irving, whose first Grade Two victory was at Ascot before Christmas in the Kennel Gate Novices' Hurdle, following in the footsteps of fellow Grade Two hurdles scorer Junior. Irish Champion trainer Willie Mullins also has a promising son of Singspiel in the shape of the four year-old bay Aminabad, an Irish bumper winner in January on debut.
Earlier on the Kempton card, Harry Fry's French import Activial (Lord du Sud) recorded a first victory on these shores when landing the Grade Two Adonis Juvenile Hurdle under Noel Fehily, having made a pleasing debut behind Paul Nicholls' leading JCB Triumph Hurdle fancy Calipto (Califet) at Newbury in November.
Bred by Francis Maze out of the four-time French flat winner Kissmirial (Smadoun), Activial hails from the further family of Tom George's Grade One Totesport Bowl Steeplechase winner Nacarat (Smadoun) and was his triple Group Two winning sire's first black-type winner of any sort.
"Bred by Francis Maze out of the four-time French flat winner Kissmirial, Activial hails from the further family of Tom George's Grade One winner Nacarat and was his triple Group Two winning sire's first black-type winner of any sort."
Sandwiched between the two Kempton Grade Two hurdle races, Balder Succes (Goldneyev) recorded his second Grade Two chase victory in as many weeks when winning the Pendil Novices' Chase under Wayne Hutchinson for trainer Alan King.
The first foal out of the unraced French mare Frija Eria (Kadalko), whose grandam produced the Listed Prix Georges Brinquant Steeplechase winner Taraga as well as the dam of the triple French Listed jumps winner Talego, Balder Succes is a half-brother to Four Roses Succes (Malinas) a winner over jumps in France earlier this season.
The victory of Balder Success continues the fine run of form for progeny of Goldneyev, the 1988 Listed Prix Yacowlef winner and French 2000 Guineas runner-up who is from the family of multiple French Group One winner Goldikova, coming just a few weeks after the maiden Grade One victory of his seven year-old son Trifolium in the Irish Arkle Novice Chase.
At Fairyhouse, the Andrea and Graham Wylie-owned On His Own (Presenting) landed his second Grade Two victory when a comfortable winner under Ruby Walsh of the feature Bobbyjo Chase.
Bought by former trainer Howard Johnson on behalf of the Wylie's for £240,000 at the Brightwells Cheltenham January Sale back in 2010, the victory of the Willie Mullins-trained ten year-old is just the latest Graded race to fall to offspring of the four-time Champion National Hunt sire following the recent Grade One success of stablemate Ballycasey and last weekend's Grade Two double achieved by Dunguib and Bright New Dawn.
On Sunday, Overbury Stud resident Kayf Tara was responsible for his own Grade Two double courtesy of the victories of the Willie Mullins-trained Mozoltov at Naas in the Nas Na Riogh Novice Chase and of Kayf Moss who gamely landed the National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell for trainer John Flint.
At Brightwells' Ascot February Sale, the three year-old colt Supersta (Pivotal), who had some useful placed form for trainer Ron Harris, including when fourth on debut behind the ill-fated Group Three Horris Hill Stakes winner Piping Rock, achieved top-lot status when Harris paid £35,000 to secure him for new owners.
The twice-placed Irish point-to-pointer Jay Are (Heron Island) was the sale's second priciest lot when trainer Gary Moore secured the five year-old gelding for £18,500, whilst two other lots, the three-time winner flat winner and placed hurdler Deia Sunrise and an unnamed three year-old by Alflora out of Barton Flower from the family of the 1999 Henry VIII Novices' Chase winner Decoupage, both changed hands for £11,000 when selling to Adrian Wintle and Tom Malone respectively.
At the conclusion of the sale, a total of £141,300 had changed hands, an increase of 60% on the 2013 renewal, with the average price paid being an improvement of 37% at £3,006.
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