Grade 1 win for Petit Mouchoir in Ireland
Petit Mouchoir: Grade 1-winning hurdler is a son of Al Namix
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos) Petit Mouchoir lands Irish Champion Hurdle
By Zoe Vicarage 4:21PM 29 JAN 2017
PETIT MOUCHOIR produced an impressive front-running display to land the Grade 1 Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday for trainer Henry de Bromhead and jockey David Mullins.
Keen from the start, it was the six-year-old who set the pace and his closest challenger throughout was the Willie Mullins-trained Nichols Canyon.
As the leaders entered the final straight, it was clear Petit Mouchoir was travelling the best and although Footpad was finishing fast, he stayed on to win by a length.
A son of Al Namix, he was bred by Philip Gueret out of the winning Denham Red mare Arnette and is a half-brother to debut hurdle scorer Pravalaguna. Harold Kirk and Willie Mullins went to €100,000 to secure him from the 2014 edition of the Goffs Land Rover Sale in 2014.
Al Namix, a 20-year-old son of Linamix, was trained by Guy Cherel to win three Listed races and since retiring to stud he is the sire of Grade 1-winning chaser Saphir Du Rheu and Nicky Henderson's classy performer Grandouet.
It has been a good weekend for the late Denham Red, as well as being the damsire of Grade 1 winner Petit Mouchoir, he was also the sire of the Willie Mullins-trained Un De Sceaux who landed the Grade 1 Clarence House Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday.
Some Plan the last one standing
Earlier on the card Some Plan landed the Grade 1 Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown in a race that was full of a catalogue of errors.
It was at the first fence that the Henry de Bromhead-trained Identity Thief unseated his jockey David Mullins and at the third fence Barry Geraghty was unseated by Bleu Et Rouge.
That left Royal Caviar and Some Plan to contest the rest of the race but at the final fence, Royal Caviar made a horrible error that left Some Plan clear to win the contest.
Bred by Shirley Livingstone, Some Plan is the second foal out of the Classic Cliche mare Lough Hyne and is a half-brother to Aine Soir, who placed in a number of point-to-points. He is from the family of Listed-winning chaser Smart Tar.
He was bought by his owner Roger Brookhouse for £40,000 at the Brightwells Cheltenham January Breeze-Up and Horses in Training Sale in 2014.
Winged Love was a 23-year-old son of In The Wings who was trained by Andre Fabre to win the Irish Derby at the highest level.
He was a dual-purpose sire and his most notable performers over jumps are Tingle Creek hero Twist Magic, Peterborough Chase scorer Josses Hill and multiple winner Hunt Ball.
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