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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Oscar the top Cheltenham Festival sire with five podium finishers

Kilbricken Storm his seventh Grade 1 festival winner

Albert Bartlett winner Kilbricken Storm by the same sire as Lord Windermere and Rock On Ruby
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Oscar has emerged on top as the sire with the most podium finishers at this week's Cheltenham Festival with five, including Friday's Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle scorer Kilbricken Storm. 

For the first time since 2002, no sire at the jamboree of jump racing recorded more than one winner this week.

The seven-year-old Kilbricken Storm led home a 1-2-3-4 for Coolmore National Hunt sires - with Mahler, Milan and Flemensfirth responsible for the second, third and fourth respectively.

Oscar has now sired seven individual Grade 1 festival winners headed by 2014 Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere and 2012 Champion Hurdle winner Rock On Ruby.

The feature race, the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, was won by Native River, a son of the late Indian River - one of three sires that previously raced over jumps and supplied a winner on the fourth and final day of the festival.

Robin Des Champs - the sire of Cheltenham Festival talents Quevega, Sir Des Champs, Un Temps Pour Tout and Vautour - conjured up a fifth as Blow By Blow delivered a knockout performance to win the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.

Blue Bresil, meanwhile, recorded a second festival winner - with the Grand Annual winner Le Prezien adding to the success of Ibis Du Rheu in the 2016 Martin Pipe.

Continued below...


LEADING SIRES AT THE CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2018

Stallion Wnrs 2nds 3rds
Oscar 1 2 2
Flemensfirth 1 1 2
Sandmason 1 1  
Shantou 1 1  
Robin Des Champs 1   2
Assessor 1   1
Blue Bresil 1   1
Authorized 1    
Balko 1    
Court Cave  1    
Creachadoir 1    
Crillon 1    
Fast Comapany 1    
Germany 1    
Golan 1    
Great Pretender 1    
Heron Island 1    
High Chaparral 1    
Indian River 1    
Intikhab 1    
Jukebox Jury 1    
Mount Nelson 1    
Muhtathir 1    
Network 1    
Sir Percy 1    
Spanish Moon 1    
Special Kaldoun 1    
Yeats 1    
Milan   2 2
Kalanisi   2  
Kapgarde   2  
Mahler   2  
Martaline   1 1
Saddler Maker   1 1
Denham Red   1  
Galileo   1  
Kayf Tara   1  
Kotky Bleu   1  
Medicean   1  
Midnight Legend   1  
Mister Sacha   1  
Perugino   1  
Scorpion   1  
Truth Or Dare   1  
Walk In The Park   1  
Well Chosen   1  
Cloudings     2
Dubai Destination     2
Al Namix     1
Beneficial     1
Blue Bresil     1
Craigsteel     1
Dalakhani     1
Dink     1
Jeremy     1
King's Theatre     1
Lope De Vega     1
Presenting     1
Saint Des Saints     1
Soldier Of Fortune     1
Vendangeur     1
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Mohaayed flew the flag for Flat-breds by landing the Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle, as the son on Intikhab had been a useful performer on the level for Kevin Prendergast, before being bought for 32,000gns by Tom Malone at the 2016 Tattersalls Autumn Horses In Training Sale on behalf of Dan Skelton.

He shares his breeder Shadwell with the mighty Istabraq. 

Farclas, from the first crop of four-year-olds for Burgage Stud's new recruit Jukebox Jury, outbattled the Camacho gelding Mr Adjudicator to win the JCB Triumph Hurdle, while Pacha Du Polder, an 11-year-old son of Muhtathir, returned to win the St James's Place Foxhunter Chase for the second consecutive time. 


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The seven-year-old Kilbricken Storm led home a 1-2-3-4 for Coolmore National Hunt sires
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