Close relation of Hurricane Fly set for Market Rasen bumper
Who's My Jockey down to make his debut for Philip Hobbs
A close relation to the legendary hurdler Hurricane Fly who sold for €120,000 as a foal is one of six newcomers declared for the ten-runner bumper at Market Rasen on Sunday (5.15pm).
Who's My Jockey, a four-year-old Yeats gelding trained by Philip Hobbs for Paul and Clare Rooney, topped the 2013 Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale when sold by Yellowford Farm as a foal to Ben Case.
Case trains for Lady Jane Grosvenor, who sold him on to Kevin Ross for €60,000 as a three-year-old store last year.
His sale-topping price was in no small part thanks to another of Scandisk's sons Hurricane Fly, whose haul of 22 Grade 1s included five Irish Champion Hurdles, two Champion Hurdles at Cheltenham and four Punchestown Champion Hurdles.
Hurricane Fly is one of four winners from nine runners out of Scandisk, whose other winners include the Listed-placed Hunzy, Diskussion and Thunderwing.
Blixt, a five-year-old sister of Who's My Jockey, showed promise when third on her bumper debut at Gowran Park in February, and was fourth on her next start in a Wexford bumper on Friday.
Scandisk also has a three-year-old sister to Who's My Jockey and a two-year-old colt by Camelot.
Scandisk's third dam Ceol An Oir produced the Pretty Polly Stakes winner Lady Singer and the high-class Yankee Gold, which may be where Hurricane Fly's ability stemmed from.
Four-time Gold Cup hero Yeats is by Sadler's Wells out of a Top Ville mare, as was Hurricane Fly's late sire Montjeu.
In what looks an ordinary enough contest, John Norton sends out Naasik, a half-brother to the high-class Flat performer Shimraan who won the Group 2 Prix Eugene Adam at Maisons-Laffitte, while the Chris Grant-trained New Granada is a Zamindar half-brother to Listed Flat winner and Grade 3-winning hurdler Rich Coast.
Naasik, a four-year-old Poet's Voice gelding was seventh on his only start in a Southwell bumper in January, while New Granada was a closer fifth in a Musselburgh bumper earlier that month.