Authorized heads festival sire standings

Nichols Canyon: is descended from brilliant producer Lucayan Princess

PICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos) Authorized heads sire standings at festival By Martin Stevens 7:18PM 16 MAR 2017

AT A Cheltenham Festival where Derby winners have demonstrated they are among the best sources of jumps talent, the 2007 scorer Authorized has moved to the top of the sire standings.

Nichols Canyon, who finished with a wet sail to see off the Hard Spun gelding Lil Rockerfeller in the Stayers' Hurdle yesterday, is the second festival winner this week by Authorized after Tiger Roll, who took the JT McNamara National Hunt Challenge Cup.

Authorized has proved to be a fine Flat sire, with Australian star Hartnell and Group 1-winning fillies Ambivalent and Seal Of Approval to his name, and he is still marketed to Flat breeders at a fee of €10,000 at Haras du Logis in Normandy.

But having supplied classy hurdlers Beltor, Sternrubin and Zamdy Man alongside Nichols Canyon and Tiger Roll, you can bet jumps owners and trainers will be in hot pursuit of his progeny at the sales.

LEADING SIRES AT THE CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2017
After day three

Authorized (by Montjeu) Two winners

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Presenting (by Mtoto) One winner, one second, one third

Poliglote (by Sadler's Wells) One winner, one second

Kayf Tara (by Sadler's Wells) One winner, two thirds

Saddler Maker (by Sadler's Wells) One winner, two thirds

Nichols Canyon was bred by Rabbah Bloodstock out of the unraced Dalakhani mare Zam Zoom, a granddaughter of Saeed Manana's exceptional broodmare Lucayan Princess, the dam of the high-class quartet Cloud Castle, Luso, Needle Gun and Warrsan.

Descendants of Lucayan Princess have been in red-hot form of late. Her descendants on the track in 2016 included Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf heroine Queen's Trust, Richmond and July Stakes winner Mehmas, German Group 2 scorer Royal Solitaire, Prix Marcel Boussac third Dabyah and Henry II Stakes second Suegioo.

Authorized is one of four Derby winners to have been represented by a winner at Cheltenham this week. Supasundae showed his sire Galileo is a man for all seasons with victory in the Coral Cup; Altior flew the flag for the late High Chaparral in the Racing Post Arkle; and Sir Percy was on the mark with Presenting Percy in the Pertemps Final yesterday.

Another Derby connection this week came courtesy of Glenfarclas Chase winner Cause Of Causes, a closely related half-brother to Kris Kin. He is not the first multiple Cheltenham winner to boast a Derby-winning sibling, of course, as Istabraq is out of the same mare as Secreto.

Jumps breeders who want to tap into Derby winners' bloodlines have two new options in the National Hunt ranks this year – Pour Moi at Grange Stud and Workforce at Knockhouse Stud.

HATS OFF TO THE QUEEN!

The Queen may not have a runner at Cheltenham this week but she has had a winner of sorts.

Domesday Book, the brave winner of the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase yesterday, is a Street Cry gelding bred by Her Majesty out of Film Script, a Listed-winning daughter of Unfuwain.

Domesday Book's half-brother Free Agent gave the Queen a Royal Ascot victory in the Chesham Stakes in 2008.

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