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Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

Kicking King's sibling and a €235,000 store set to tackle Fairyhouse bumper

The pair will be joined by an unraced 'nephew' of Hurricane Fly

2005 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Kicking King, described by Barry Geraghty as "a machine"
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Exciting talents Paloma Blue and Sutton Place are among the previous winners of Sunday's Fairyhouse bumper, and with four well-bred debutants lining up in this year's renewal it looks a race well worth keeping a close eye on. 

Dream Conti was the third most expensive store sold at the 2016 Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale at €235,000. The five-year-old Lauro gelding will race in the Gigginstown colours, is trained by Noel Meade - despite Gordon Elliott signing the docket - and will be ridden by Nina Carberry.

Bred in France by Patrick Joubert, Dream Conti is out of the Video Rock mare Posterite - a half-sister to Aintree festival scorer Oedipe, Sussex National champion Tour Des Champs and Perth Gold Cup winner Montreal.

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Another to catch the eye is Myth Buster, who was bought back as a foal for €50,000 by Sunnyhill Stud before being sold to Kevin Ross for €100,000 as the same store sale as Dream Conti.

The lofty price-tag for the son of Shantou was due in no small part to his illustrious sibling Kicking King, who recorded a famous victory in the 2005 Cheltenham Gold Cup and back-to-back wins in King George VI Chase, including the year it was run at Sandown.

Other talented siblings out of the Good Thyne mare Fairy Blaze include Four Commanders, Colonel Monroe and Whistle Dixie.

Willie Mullins is always to be feared with his bumper runners and he has a particularly strong connection to Tornado Flyer as his dam, Mucho Macabi, is a half-sister to the legendary hurdler Hurricane Fly, who was trained by Mullins to win 22 races at the highest level.

Tornado Flyer, a son of Flemensfirth, was sold by Grange Stud for €30,000 as a foal, before he realised €63,000 for Pine Tree Stud at the 2016 Goffs Land Rover Sale, when purchased by Peter and Ross Doyle. Mullins' son Patrick will get the leg-up on the five-year-old.

Completing the quartet of newcomers is Tidal River, a Flemensfirth brother to Beshabar, who kept Merigo at bay to land the 2011 Scottish Grand National. The €27,000 Tidal River made as a store suggests he should not be discounted lightly.

Of those with experience, Getaway John has perhaps the strongest form, having finished a promising third to subsequent Grade 3 hurdle winner Early Doors on debut.

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With four well-bred debutants lining up in this year's renewal it looks a race well worth keeping a close eye on
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