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Stowaway stands tall at the head of the Cheltenham sire rankings - just!

The son of Slip Anchor sired Monkfish and Put On The Kettle among four winners

Put The Kettle On: the highlight in an excellent week for Stowaway
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Stowaway maintained his poll position at the top of the sires' table following an excellent showing from a number of his offspring at the Cheltenham Festival. 

The late son of Slip Anchor enjoyed a Grade 1 double on the second day, with Monkfish defeating Fiddlerontheroof for a one-two in the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase, before Put The Kettle On's battling victory in the feature Queen Mother Champion Chase

The former Whytemount Stud resident added a further two winners the following day, with Telmesomethinggirl's easy success in the Mares' Novices' Hurdle and The Shunter's bonus win in the Plate Handicap Chase. 

In addition, his impressive Dublin Racing Festival victor Kilcruit finished second in the Champion Bumper, while the Tom Lacey-trained Tea Clipper was third in the Coral Cup. 

It was his two runners-up that sealed the deal for Stowaway, with Yeats also having four winners and three others finish in the first three - but all three of those were third.

Yeats struck a Grade 1 brace on Thursday, with Chantry House and Flooring Porter among his four winners, while the much missed Jeremy also had four winners, including runway Supreme Novices' Hurdle victor Appreciate It, Champion Bumper winner Sir Gerhard and Mares' Hurdle victress Black Tears. 

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The recently-retired Flemensfirth had two daughters in Mrs Milner and Colreevy claim Cheltenham success, in the Pertemps Final and the new Mares' Chase respectively. 

Having been previously responsible for Gold Cup and Ryanair hero Imperial Commander, the 29-year-old was also represented by Ryanair third Tornado Flyer and Coral Cup runner-up Craigneiche. 

Sholokhov finished next best, with a Grade 1 novice double courtesy of the impressive Arkle winner Shishkin and Ballymore Novices' Hurdle scorer Bob Olinger. 

The Group 1-winning son of Sadler's Wells stands at Glenview Stud, and this year's festival will have done his reputation no harm at all. 

The other dozen sires also among the winners were Cloudings (Vintage Clouds), Authorized (Tiger Roll), No Risk At All (Allaho), Beat Hollow (Minella Indo), Gold Well (Galvin), Hallowed Crown (Jeff Kidder), Kayf Tara (Porlock Bay), Martaline (Vanillier), Maxios (Quilixios), Midnight Legend (Sky Pirate), Sulamani (Honeysuckle) and Timos (Galopin Des Champs).

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It was his two runners-up that sealed the deal for Stowaway, with Yeats also having four winners and three others finish in the first three
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