Authorized filly reigns supreme at TBA National Hunt foal show
A daughter of Authorized - sire of Grand National hero Tiger Roll - was crowned supreme champion at the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association's Stars of Tomorrow National Hunt Foal Show at Bangor racecourse on Sunday.
The April-born filly was bred by Dominic and Valda Burke out of the Selkirk mare Miracle Maid, a winning half-sister to the couple's homebred Champion Hurdle hero Katchit.
She was exhibited by Goldford Stud, where the Burkes board their mares.
Reserve champion was a February-born Great Pretender filly out of the winning Kapgarde mare Miss Bailly owned and exhibited by Will Kinsey's Peel Bloodstock.
The supreme and reserve champions had also finished first and second in their respective class, for fillies born on or before April 14.
Best in show in the corresponding category for earlier born colts was a son of Blue Bresil and classy hurdler Lifestyle, making him half-brother to last year's supreme champion by Kayf Tara.
He is owned by David and Di Ford and was exhibited by daughter Kate.
The class for colts born on or after April 15 was won by a son of Clovis Du Berlais owned by Richard and Kate Bandey with Neil and Jane Maltby and exhibited by the Bandeys.
The rosette for the best later-born filly went to a daughter of Gentlewave owned and shown by Swanbridge Bloodstock.
TBA chief executive Claire Sheppard said: "This year's National Hunt Stars of Tomorrow Foal show was another really enjoyable day with the British jumps breeding community getting together in Bangor to showcase their young stock.
"We were delighted that a number of the foals in the show were the produce of the TBA/HBLB Elite Mares Scheme, and it was the first time the champion and reserve champion were both fillies.
"We would like to thank all the breeders, and sponsors Goffs UK, Weatherbys GSB, British EBF and Saracen, who supported the day and helped make it such a successful event."
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