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Fine festival squad could fill notable gap in French stallion's CV

Clan Des Obeaux and Fakir D'Oudairies lead the way for Haras de la Hetraie sire

Kapgarde's star son Clan Des Obeaux with trainer Paul Nicholls
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Kapgarde this year joined an elite band of jumps sires to have been advertised to breeders at a five-figure fee in recent years, joining the likes of Flemensfirth, Kayf Tara, Martaline and Saint Des Saints.

If anyone thought the 20-year-old son of Garde Royale's price-tag of €12,000 at Haras de la Hetraie looked steep, they should take a look at his progeny entries at the Cheltenham Festival this week.

Kapgarde is set to be represented by four horses trading at 10-1 or shorter – Fakir D'Oudairies (Supreme Novices' Hurdle, Tuesday); A Plus Tard (Close Brothers, Tuesday); Ultragold (Glenfarclas, Wednesday); and Clan Des Obeaux (Gold Cup, Friday).

He has a strong supporting cast of lively outsiders too, such as Cap Soleil in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle on Tuesday and dual winner Flic Ou Voyou in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper on Wednesday.

For good measure Kapgarde features as damsire of Thursday's Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate favourite Janika.

With so many good horses to his name, it is perhaps surprising to note that the stallion has yet to come up with a Cheltenham Festival winner from 33 previous runners at the meeting, the second-place finishers Cap Soleil, Edgardo Sol and Style De Garde being his best results there.

Kapgarde looks well capable of righting that wrong over the next four days, in the process confirming his right to ply his trade in the same salary bracket as Flemensfirth, Kayf Tara and co.

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Second-place finishers Cap Soleil, Edgardo Sol and Style De Garde are Kapgarde's best results at the meeting
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