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                 Tyrone Bridge

Tyrone Bridge is another oldie from the late 80s and early 90s.  He was a high class horse on the flat and was in fact second in the Ascot Gold Cup at Royal Ascot so he is very appropriate to mention this week.  He was a 1986 born bay gelding by Kings Lake and his dam was called Rhein Bridge.  He began his career on the flat as a two year old in the care of Kevin Prendegast in Ireland.  He was well beaten on debut but improved for the experience to finish second on his next start at Naas in September 1989.

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                     Sindapour

Sindapour was a 1998 born bay gelding by Priolo and his dam was Sinntara.  He was bred in the purple by the Aga Khan and was half-brother to 2000 Derby and Arc winner Sinndar.  Unfortunately Sindapour was not in the same league as Sinndar but he was a Royal Ascot winner for Pond House and he didn’t do too badly so it is appropriate to write about him this week with the Royal Meeting going on behind closed doors.  

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           Royal Predica 

Royal Predica was a 1994 French bred chestnut gelding by Tip Moss and his dam was called Girl Vamp. Once again he was not one of the best horses or most well-known horses to have been at Pond House but he was a Cheltenham Festival winner who definitely deserves a mention.  He was not a model of consistency throughout his career but he was pretty good on his day and mixed with the best company.

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                      Contraband

Contraband was a 1998 born gelding by Red Ransom and his dam was called Shortfall.  He began life on the flat in the care of William Haggas  He had one run for experience as a two year old but developed into a pretty useful performer on the level as a three and four year old.  His first victory came on his fourth start in June 2001 at Musselburgh.  He won over 1m1f with Darryl Holland riding.  He won the following month at Ascot very easily over 1m4f with Johnny Murtagh in the saddle on this occasion.  He was then absent from the race track for over a year, returning to action in August 2002.  It took him a couple of runs to find his form again but won on his third start back at York with Kieran Fallon riding.

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                            Puntal

Puntal was a 1996 born bay gelding by Bering and his dam was Saveur.  He ran in the famous white with red spots colours of owner Terry Neill, the same as those carried by the ill-fated Gloria Victis.  Puntal began his career on the flat in France but only had a couple runs before running over hurdles for trainer F Belmont.  He was placed six times without winning at Auteuil before being bought privately and coming over to England at the beginning of 2002.

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                     Seebald

Seebald was a 1995 German born bay gelding by Mulberry out of a dam called Spartina.  He was a high class horse I remember fondly from the days of when I first started working at Pond House.  He began his career on the flat in Germany for trainer P Rau as a two year old.  He was a winner of four races from ten starts over there before he was bought privately to run in the white colours of former Liverpool and England footballers Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler.

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     Leoncavallo Runs Today at Sandown
    (Picture courtesy of the Racing Post)

Leoncavallo is having is first start on the flat for 1349 days today in the 4.20pm 1m6f handicap at Sandown with Jason Watson in the saddle.  He is also having his first start for the yard, running in the colours of the Value Racing Club.  He has won two flat races in his career, the last in July 2016 but he has been high class over hurdles in the meantime and has some great form.  He is a six time hurdle winner rated 143 and was second in the Scottish Champion hurdle trial at Ayr back in November on his penultimate start.

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