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Robin Des Pres, half-brother to Robin Des Champs, dies at 22

The son of Cadoudal stood alongside Aiken and Tobougg

Robin Des Pres in his paddock at Anngrove Stud
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Robin Des Pres, a half-brother to Robin Des Champs who sired several high-class jumpers, died of a suspected brain haemorrhage at Anngrove Stud in County Laois just before the start of the year. The son of Cadoudal was 22.

Robin Des Pres was bred by Haras de Nonant Le Pin out of the Iron Duke mare Relayeuse and won nine races, both on the Flat and over jumps, for trainer Guillaume Macaire.

He started his stallion career in France, where he sired a number of classy jumpers including Grade 2-winning chasers Marodima, Panjo Bere and Petit Robin, Racing Post Chase runner-up Possol and Grade 1-placed hurdler Patman Du Charmil.

Robin Des Pres's early success caught the eye of Irish stallion masters and in 2009 he was acquired by Alastair Pim's Anngrove Stud.

His first Irish-bred runners include last year's Grade 2 Dovecote Novices' Hurdle winner Winter Escape and multiple scorers Always On The Run and Cottersrock.

Alastair Pim paid tribute to his late charge, saying: "He's had a lot of winners over the last year. JP McManus had Winter Escape by him, who ran very well last season winning the Dovecote Novices' Hurdle at Kempton.

"We got Robin Des Pres in 2009, when he came over from France. He had a lot of Graded winners there and covered a lot of mares for the first few seasons. He was a very easy horse, a great horse to work with. Even a child could have handled him."

Pim still stands Aiken and Tobougg, and is hoping both horses will be busy this year.

"Aiken gets good-looking, athletic horses that should excel over jumps. Tobougg is a proven dual-purpose horse and he's got plenty of Flat and jumps winners, including Graded winners over fences."

Robin Des Pres was among the winners on Monday, when son I Just Know scored in a novice handicap chase at Doncaster by six lengths.

He was a very easy horse, a great horse to work with. Even a child could have handled him

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