16 April 2018

PORTRUSH TED (IRE), a 25/1 shot, caused upset when he returned to winning action on the second day of the Aintree Grand National festival to claim the Grade 2 Weatherbys Bumper. The McNeill family-owned gelding raced midfield for much of the two mile one furlong trip but three furlongs from home he hit the front running, digging deep to maintain his advantage and score by one and three quarter lengths.

The son of Shantou was bred by Mary Griffin and sold at Goffs Landrover Sale to Highflyer Bloodstock and trainer Warren Greatrex for €53,000. Shantou, also the sire of Grade 1 winners Death Duty (IRE), Morning Assembly (IRE) and Briar Hill (IRE), is based at Burgage Stud in County Carlow. PORTRUSH TED (IRE) is out of a Kings Theatre (IRE) half-sister to Grade 1 Champion Hurdle performer In The Forge. Grade 1 Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase winner Idarah is from the extended family.

Meanwhile, LALOR, a Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale graduate landed the Grade 1 Novices’ Hurdle in the hands of Richard Johnson for trainer Kayley Woolacott and owner D G Staddon. The six-year-old bay was sold by Busherstown to Tom Malone for the bargain price of €16,000 in 2015. This was LALOR’s second successive Graded win at the Aintree Grand National festival as he took the Grade 2 Weatherbys Bumper in 2017.

SANTINI became the eight individual Grade 1 winner for Coolmore National Hunt sire Milan when he scored the Grade 1 Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle. Milan, who is the sire of eight-time Grade 1 winner Jeski (IRE), Aintree Grand National winner One For Arthur (IRE) and up-and-coming Monbeg Notorious (IRE) experienced a fee increase to a career-high €8,500 for the 2018 breeding season. Milan is based at Grange Stud in Fermoy, Co. Cork. 

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