Beneficial legacy lives on between the flags
Posthumous championship takes him to seven Irish titles in ten
The remarkable influence of Beneficial extends posthumously into the table of leading Irish point-to-point sires in 2016-17, which he tops for the seventh time in ten years.
Beneficial will do well to prolong his reign next season, having died in 2013 with only a dozen foals conceived in his final crop. But he mustered 24 winners from 87 runners this time round, including Benatar and Timeforben - respectively winners of four-year-old maidens at Loughbrickland and Dromahane in November.
Benatar proceeded to earn a Racing Post Rating of 144 when fourth to Finian's Oscar, another graduate from the pointing field, in the Grade 1 Mersey Novices' Hurdle at Aintree in April; while Timeforben meanwhile joined David Pipe for £28,000 at the Tattersalls Cheltenham December Sale.
Beneficial, a son of Top Ville trained by Geoff Wragg to win the 1993 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, stood his entire second career at Knockhouse Stud.
Three of his progeny come under the hammer at the Tattersalls Derby Sale, including a half-brother to Grade 1 Slaney Novice Hurdle winner Death Duty, from the family of top-class chasers Foxrock, One Knight and Shannon Gale.
Second in the table was Oscar, whose 25 winners won 27 races in the latest season, including the aforementioned Finian's Oscar, a winner at Portrush in October; and Felix Yonger, who won the 2015 Champion Chase at Punchestown and won a couple of points this spring.
Oscar, who was leading sire in 2012 and shared the honours with Lord Americo in 2006, was one of four sons of Sadler's Wells in the top ten, together with Milan, Gold Well and King's Theatre.
The highest British-based stallion in the Table is Kayf Tara, whose 23 runners won ten races between them. These included Minella Mischief, bought out of Colin Bowe's Milestone Stables for £70,000 by Gerry Hogan at the Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham Festival Sale after winning at Lingstown; and Master Of Tara, bought as a store for €75,000 last August by Gordon Elliott, for whom he won a four-year-old maiden at Lemonfield in March.