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By Chris Hill. Last Updated: 11/01/14 3:50pm
Silviniaco Conti: A second Grade One win
Silviniaco Conti (Dom Alco) ran out a game winner of the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park to record a second Grade One victory and give trainer Paul Nicholls an eighth win in the Boxing Day showpiece.
One of five winners out of the five-time French winning mare Gazelle Lulu (Altayan), Silviniaco Conti is a full brother to the French Listed Chase winner Toscana Conti (Dom Alco), as well as a half-brother to Ucello Conti (Martaline), a Listed chase winner and four-times placed in Grade Three chases in his native France. Being out of an Altayan mare, he is bred along the same lines as stablemate Al Ferof (Dom Alco), the winner of the 2011 Grade One Supreme Novices' Hurdle and who chased him home in third on Boxing Day.
Dom Alco, a two-time French Listed hurdle winner, is by no means a new name in the N.H. stallion ranks, having produced sixteen crops of racing age before his death at the age of 23 in 2010. However, in the last few years his progeny have consistently been scoring in the top races, highlighted by the victory of Neptune Collonges in the 2012 Grand National, and complimented not just by the aforementioned Al Ferof and Grands Crus, the 2011 Feltham Novices' Chase winner, but also by another couple of talented six year-olds in Grade Three winners Gevrey Chambertin and Unioniste.
On the same card My Tent Or Yours (Desert Prince) landed his second Grade One of the season and enhanced his Champion Hurdle credentials with a narrow victory over The New One (King's Theatre) in the Christmas Hurdle.
One of two winners produced by Lord Weinstock's one mile two furlong winner Spartan Girl (Ela-Mana-Mou), My Tent Or Yours is a full brother to Alan Swinbank's three-time winner Northside Prince (Desert Prince) and is from the strong Ballymacoll middle-distance family that has produced the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Conduit (Dalakhani) and Group One Mackinnon Stakes winner Glass Harmonium (Verglas), as well as Classic winners Spectrum (Rainbow Quest) and Petrushka (Unfuwain).
My Tent Or Yours is the star jumps performer by the three-time Group One winner Desert Prince who only recently made the move from Scuderia Andy Capp in Italy to Haras du Thenney in France where he stands alongside fellow top level victors Cima de Triomphe and Gentlewave as well as Group Two winner Blu Constellation.
Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Bobs Worth (Bob Back) looked back to his best with victory in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown following a disappointing seasonal debut in the Betfair Chase in November.
Out of the once raced mare Fashionista (King's Theatre), a half-sister to the Grade One placed hurdler Il Trovatore (Chief Singer), Nicky Henderson's eight-year-old is himself a half-brother to the winning chaser and pointer Parnell Street (Great Palm) and hails from the family that has produced French 1000 Guineas winner Ukraine Girl (Targowice) and Listed Gerry Feilden Hurdle winner Distant Prospect (Namaqualand).
The remarkable Hurricane Fly (Montjeu) put the young pretenders to his Champion Hurdle crown in their place with a typically scintillating display in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown, in the process extending his record to eighteen victories at the highest level.
Bred by Agricola Del Parco out of the Italian winning mare Scandisk (Kenmare), Willie Mullins' great is a half-brother to three other winners including the two-time Italian winner and Listed placed Hunzy (Desert King) and descends from the family of Group Two winning siblings Yankee Gold (Lord Gayle) and Lady Singer (Lord Gayle) and the Listed Hurdle winner and multiple Grade One jumps placed Goldspun (Weaver's Hall).
At Chepstow, the Richard Lee-trained Mountainous (Milan) claimed the Grade Three Welsh Grand National to bring his trainer a second victory in the race within the space of three years.
Twice a graduate of Tattersalls Ireland having been bought first by Ballyalla Farm for €28,000 when offered at the 2005 November National Hunt Sale, before making €50,000 when bought by Jonjo O'Neill at the 2008 Derby Sale, on his final appearance in a sales ring, this time at the 2011 DBS Newbury Festival Sale, the son of Milan was secured by Highflyer Bloodstock for £50,000.
Out of Mullaghcloga (Glacial, Storm), an unraced half-sister to the Grade One Fairyhouse Champion Stayers Hurdle winner Bannow Bay (Good Thyne), Galway Plate winner Far From Trouble (Good Thyne) and triple Grade One placed Mighty Moss (Moscow Society), Mountainous is a half-brother to the bumper winner Innbrodericksbar (Presenting) from the further family of the 2010 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle winner Berties Dream (Golden Tornado).
With the closing of 2013, Coolmore sire Galileo was crowned Champion European Sire for a fifth time after accruing a total of £7,281,572 in prize money throughout the year and having been responsible for five individual European Group One winners including the Derby winners Ruler of the World and Intello.
The reigning champion sire's book for 2014 is due to include six-time Group One winner Moonlight Cloud (Invincible Spirit) following the announcement that George Strawbridge's star mare, who landed two of her six victories at the highest level in the space of seven days last summer at Deauville, has been retired.
Last season's Group Three Chartwell Fillies' Stakes winner, Lily's Angel (Dark Angel), has also been retired from racing with the five year-old mare's maiden covering still to be decided.
Sadly, a broodmare who will no longer be producing offspring of the calibre of Grade One winners Jezki (Milan) and Jered (Presenting) is La Noire (Phardante) who died just after Christmas at owner Gerard McGrath's County Meath stud whilst carrying a full sibling to Jezki.
As well as the four-time Grade One winning hurdler Jezki and Punchestown Champion Novice Hurdle winner Jered, La Noire - a half-sister to a pair of Grade One winners in BMW Chase victor Strong Run (Strong Gale) and Punchestown Champion Bumper winner Leading Run (Supreme Leader) - had produced the Grade Two winning hurdler Jenari ((Milan) and the Grade Two placed hurdler Jetson (Oscar).
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