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Waldgeist rules at Longchamp

WALDGEIST (GB) on Sunday claimed a third victory at the highest level with a barnstorming display in the Prix Ganay at Longchamp.

Andre Fabre’s five-year-old son of GALILEO surged clear inside the final furlong of the extended mile-and-a-quarter Group 1 and ended up finishing with four and a half lengths in hand over Study Of Man.

Waldgeist’s previous Group 1 triumphs came in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud last July and the Criterium de Saint-Cloud in October 2016.

He was bred at Newsells Park Stud, in Hertfordshire, in association with Gestut Ammerland and Coolmore under the Waldlerche Partnership.

Waldgeist is the first foal and leading performer produced by WALDLERCHE (GB), a Group 3-winning daughter of MONSUN who was also bred at Newsells Park and is a half-sister to 2011 St Leger hero MASKED MARVEL (GB) and 2011 German Derby victor WALDPARK.

Fabre’s inmate is also closely related to WALDLIED (GB), a Group 2 scorer last year, and is a half-brother to WALDSTERN (GB), a three-year-old son of SEA THE STARS who won on his debut at Newmarket last August and holds an entry in the Derby at Epsom.

Trainer Andre Fabre told Press Association Sport:

“I am very happy. I think he is a stronger horse this year.

“It was good to see him do it over a mile and a quarter, but you must remember he was beaten a nose in the Prix du Jockey Club a couple of years ago and was very unlucky.

“We could go for the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. I’ve put him in the Coronation Cup (at Epsom), but I’m not sure about that.

“The King George (at Ascot) could be a good option for him.”

Honeysuckle blossoms at Fairyhouse

Honeysuckle blossoms at Fairyhouse

HONEYSUCKLE (GB) on Sunday provided the British breeding industry with a fantastic success when the classy mare stormed to victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final at Fairyhouse.

Henry de Bromhead’s five-year-old daughter of SULAMANI is now unbeaten in four starts over hurdles after she impressively claimed a first Grade 1 under Rachael Blackmore.

The Kenneth Alexander-owned Honeysuckle, a fourth foal out of the late LANDO mare FIRST ROYAL, was a class above 15 other rivals as she ended up with five and a half lengths in hand of Elfile as the 6-4 favourite.

De Bromhead’s inmate, a half-sister to point-to-point scorers DUNRAVEN ROYAL and COLORADO DOC, was bred by Dr Geoffrey Guy at Doug and Lucy Procter’s Glanvilles Stud in Sherbourne, Dorset. Grade 1 winner SAM SPINNER (GB) was also bred at Glanvilles Stud.

Honeysuckle was offered at the Goffs Punchestown Sale within a few days of her winning a maiden point-to-point at Dromahane on April 22, 2018, and was bought by Peter Molony, on behalf of Alexander, for 110,000 euro.

Doug Procter, of Glanvilles Stud, said:

“I’m absolutely over the moon – but absolutely shell-shocked.

“That race was over two and a half miles, but she is better over farther – only her class got her through.

“I liked Honeysuckle so much from the get-go that I sent the mare back to Sulamani and we now have a year-younger full brother called LAST ROYAL. He has been backed and broken, but he’s in a field at the minute as he’s a big, backward horse. 

“The other foal we got out the mare is a SHIROCCO filly called ROCK ROYAL in France. She is quite little, which is unusual. I sold her to race in Jersey, but I’ve just managed to buy her back to be covered. 

“I’m so delighted with Honeysuckle, and hopefully this is the start of even bigger things.”

Honeysuckle’s trainer, Henry de Bromhead, added:

“She’s some five-year-old and has achieved so much already.

“She’s won over two and two and a half miles and looks like she could go further again.

“She jumped really well, bar one, and is a really exciting mare. She’s in the two-and-a-half-mile novice on the Friday of Punchestown so we’ll see how she is.”

SUPASUNDAE (GB) on Thursday made it third-time lucky in the Betway Aintree Hurdle with a terrific victory in an absorbing renewal of the Grade 1 on Merseyside.

Sent off a 15-2 chance for trainer Jessica Harrington, the Newsells Park-bred nine-year-old showed guts and class in equal measure to lower the colours of last year’s winner BUVEUR D’AIR by a length and a quarter.

He had previously finished second in the last two renewals of the Aintree Hurdle. Supasundae was claiming a third Grade One of his career, having won the Punchestown Champion Hurdle and the Irish Champion in 2018.

Harrington’s inmate was bred at Newsells Park, near Royston in Hertfordshire, out of Swettenham Stud mare DISTINCTIVE LOOK. He was first offered at Tattersalls October Book 1 in 2011 and was subsequently purchased for the late Ann and Alan Potts by bloodstock agent Alex Elliott.

Julian Dollar, Newsells Park general manager, said:

“With that pedigree, he was meant to be a Derby winner, but it’s nonetheless a wonderful outcome for everyone concerned.

“It’s nice to see a horse like that right at the top of his game.

“He’s a good, tough horse and it’s lovely to see he’s still giving so much pleasure to so many people.”

Winning jockey Robbie Power added:

“He is a very tough horse and he never gets the credit he deserves. He is a superhero of a horse and deserves this moment.

“I was comfortable towards the end of the race as knew he would keep fighting.”

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