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Monday, 19 November, 2018

Cue Card's sister The Wicked Kipper delivers Getaway colt

Mare underwent life-saving surgery in early stages of pregnancy

At ease: The Wicked Kipper pictured with her day-old Getaway colt
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In a case of saving the best until last, Cue Card's sister The Wicked Kipper delivered a Getaway colt this week nicknamed Langford - the final foal to arrive at Brookfarm near Chepstow in Wales this year.

While the ten-year-old King's Theatre mare and foal are a picture of health in the accompanying images - which were taken when the colt was a day old - it was not all plain sailing for the mare. 

During the early stages of the pregnancy, The Wicked Kipper underwent surgery to remove a section of her small intestine where a tumor had developed.

"It was a high-risk time in her pregnancy for surgery but without it Kipper would not have survived," said Treasa O'Keeffe of Brookfarm.

"Thanks to the excellent team at Langford Equine Hospital and our vet Kevin Bishop of Summerhill Vets, we have a healthy mum and baby 11 months on."

The Wicked Kipper has three previous foals - a three-year-old Flemensfirth filly, a two-year-old Presenting filly and a yearling Leading Light colt destined for the Derby Sale as a three-year-old.

As well as being the dam of nine-time Grade 1 winner and jumps legend Cue Card and The Wicked Kipper, Wicked Crack showed plenty of ability in her own racing career, winning six races and placing in four Graded races.

The King's Ride mare later topped the 2002 Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale - the same year she fell at the first fence in the Grand National won by Bindaree. 

Did you know?

Foals born later in the spring often prosper over jumps - Cheltenham heroes Altior, Buveur D'Air, Native River and Samcro all having been born in May.

The Getaway colt's facial markings help him stand out


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Thanks to the excellent team at Langford Equine Hospital and our vet Kevin Bishop of Summerhill Vets, we have a healthy mum and baby 11 months on
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