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Swiss Spirit the first freshman in Europe to post a winner

Kick On Kick On storms home by four lengths at Leicester

Swiss Spirit: son of developing sire of sires Invincible Spirit stands at Whitsbury Manor Stud
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Swiss Spirit became the first of this year's freshman sires in Europe to register a winner when his son Kick On Kick On hacked up in a 5f novice stakes for colts and geldings at Leicester on Friday.

Kick On Kick On could be a fine ambassador for his young sire in the coming months judging by his debut victory, as he took up the running after a furlong and only had to be shaken up to stretch clear.

None of his nine rivals had any answer to his speed and he finished four lengths clear of runner-up Zain Flash, a son of Royal Applause.

Kick On Kick On is trained by Clive Cox for Paul and Clare Rooney, the team behind last year's Prince of Wales's Stakes hero My Dream Boat, and was bought by Kevin Ross Bloodstock for £52,000 at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale.

He had originally been bought by Mick Flanagan for 16,500gns from the Tattersalls December Foal Sale.

Kick On Kick On was bred by Malcolm and Janet Denning's Fifehead Farms out of the Piccolo mare Catmint, a three-time winner over 5f in her own career and also the dam of 7f-1m scorer Firecruise.

Swiss Spirit was a classy sprinter for owner-breeder Lordship Stud, winning the Listed Carnarvon Stakes and Group 3 Dubai International Airport World Trophy and being beaten just a neck when second in the Temple Stakes.

He is by developing sire of sires Invincible Spirit - also responsible for I Am Invincible, Lawman and Zebedee - out of the Listed-winning Indian Ridge mare Swiss Lake, making him a half-brother to eight other winners including the smart Swiss Diva, Swiss Dream and Swiss France.

Another half-brother, the Frankel colt Swiss Storm, is a dark horse for this year's Classics having won a Newbury maiden in impressive fashion last term, with Godolphin taking a share in him.

Swiss Spirit stands at Whitsbury Manor Stud at a fee of £4,000.

Swiss Spirit's half-brother by Frankel, Swiss Storm, is a dark horse for this year's Classics
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