Champion NH Sire Flemensfirth Dies At 31

Flemensfirth (Alleged--Ethelreda {GB}, by Diesis {GB}), who was a two-time champion sire in the jumping sphere, died at The Beeches Stud on Friday. The pensioned Coolmore stallion was 31. Bred by Mill Ridge Farm, the Mar. 16 foal was a $45,000 Keeneland November weanling turned $290,000 Keeneland September yearling when sold to Darley Stud Management from the Mill Ridge Sales consignment. Trained by John Gosden, Flemensfirth won on debut at two, before taking the G1 Prix Lupin as a 3-year-old in 1995 and the G1 Premio Roma at four in...

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Ireland Set Fair To Dominate Cheltenham Breeding Ranks

Whichever way you slice it, the green, white and orange of the Irish tricolour ran right through the middle of last year's Cheltenham Festival results. Some 28 races were run during the four biggest days in the jumps racing calendar, and the Irish raiding party won an unprecedented 23 of them. This haul included the four championship prizes, as Honeysuckle (GB) (Sulamani {Ire}) won the Champion Hurdle, Put The Kettle On (Ire) (Stowaway {GB}) claimed the Champion Chase, Flooring Porter (Ire) (Yeats {Ire}) took the Stayers' Hurdle and Minella Indo...

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Tatts Ireland July Store Sale Debuts

A 3-year-old daughter of former champion NH sire Flemensfirth (Lot 325) claimed the top price of €50,000 at Tattersalls Ireland's inaugural July Store Sale Wednesday. "She has been bought as a racing and breeding prospect for on behalf of Niall Flynn and his family," explained purchaser Michael Tobin. "She is a lovely model with a good mind, a good Flemensfirth. The pedigree speaks for itself and the first dam is still breeding so there is more to come, hopefully. A trainer has not yet been decided." Sold by Sunnyhill Stud,...

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