Celebration Chase winner Greaneteen the latest Grade 1 hero for Great Pretender
The seven-year-old is a graduate of Arqana's Deauville Autumn Sale
Greaneteen's Celebration Chase triumph on the final day of the jumps season proved not only a big occasion for his winning rider and trainer but also for his sire, the venerable Great Pretender.
An upwardly mobile runner this season, the Bertrand Compignie-bred seven-year-old had landed the Haldon Gold Cup on his return before finishing second to Politologue in the Tingle Creek and then placing fourth in the Champion Chase behind Put The Kettle On.
A €55,000 purchase when selling to Haras Saubouas at Arqana's Deauville Autumn Sale in 2015, Greaneteen is another high-class performer for the Paul Nicholls yard sired by Great Pretender, the trainer having also enjoyed success with Game Spirit Chase scorer Mr Mole and the versatile French Champion Hurdle victor Ptit Zig.
Haras de la Hetraie's stalwart has also been represented by the free-running Great Field, winner of the Grade 1 Ryanair Novice Chase and Grade 2 Webster Cup for Willie Mullins and JP McManus.
Greaneteen is the fifth foal out of the winning hurdler and chaser Manson Teene, a daughter of Mansonnien, and is a half-brother to two black-type performers in Turteene and Poly Teen.
Among Great Pretender's other top-class performers are the brilliant Benie Des Dieux, a four-time Grade 1 winner over hurdles and a Listed chase scorer for Willie Mullins and Rich Ricci, Grade 1 Punchestown Champion Novice Hurdle winner Dortmund Park, and Boyne Hurdle victor and Grade 1 Lawlor's of Naas Novice Hurdle second Cracking Smart.
The Alan King-trained Potterman added a ninth career victory to his name as a result of his promotion after the stewards' inquiry which followed the bet365 Gold Cup, and the son of the late Sulamani was providing his owner-breeders James and Jean Potter with more big-race success.
Out of the Kayf Tara mare Polly Potter, a sister to Aintree Grade 2 mares' bumper winner Kayf Grace, the eight-year-old was continuing his sire's excellent season following Honeysuckle's Champion Hurdle triumph.
Sulamani, who was bred by the Niarchos family and initially trained by Pascal Bary, won the Juddmonte International and Prix du Jockey Club among six top-level triumphs.
He first stood at Dalham Hall and then Haras du Logis. He spent his final seven years at stud based at Yorton Farm, where he sired Grand National hero Rule The World and Reynoldstown Novices' Chase scorer Copperhead.