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'He was always a lovely mover' - breeder's delight as The Shunter bags Plate win

The 100k bonus-winning son of Stowaway is out of the Gulland mare Tornado Lady

The Shunter: bred by James O'Connor and an emphatic festival winner
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The Shunter's connections will be celebrating the Morebattle Hurdle-Cheltenham Festival double that yielded a whopping bonus of £100,000 courtesy of bet365, but for breeder James O'Connor there was also particular pleasure in seeing his homebred's Plate Handicap Chase success. 

Having stood the eight-year-old's damsire Gulland at Forth Mountain Stud in Barntown, County Wexford, it is a family O'Connor has nurtured for a number of years. 

He said on Thursday in the wake of The Shunter's Cheltenham triumph: "I still have the mare [Tornado Lady], she's not in foal this year but we're hoping to go to Yeats. She's in good nick and has had only a few foals." 

Tornado Lady is a full-sister to Grade 2 Webster Cup Chase winner Sumkindasuprstar and a half-sibling to two further black-type performers in Horizontal Speed and Florida Express. 

O'Connor added: "The Shunter was a straightforward youngster, always a lovely mover and a big first foal. The mare also has a four-year-old by Sans Frontieres." 

The Shunter was making it a fifth win from 26 starts under rules, all his victories having come since September. He joined Emmet Mullins' yard last June. 


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He was a straightforward youngster, always a lovely mover and a big first foal
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