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Newsells Park Stud is leading breeder at the Cheltenham NH Festival

February yearlings in sunlight

Newsells Park Stud is leading breeder at the Cheltenham NH Festival

17/03/2017 Newsells

Newsells Park Stud finished as the leading breeder at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, a totally unexpected and wonderful bonus!  Whilst Newsells Park Stud is generally more associated with breeding Flat Stakes winners it was still cause for celebration to have such high level success at Cheltenham.  Congratulations to all the connections.

Penhill's victory in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham was the icing on the cake.  Owned by Tony Bloom, the five-time Flat winner cruised into contention turning for home and stayed on strongly up the hill to provide his sire Mount Nelson, who has recently moved from Newsells to Boardsmill Stud, with his first top-level NH winner.

Trainer Willie Mullins said: "Penhill has class.  He'll probably go to Punchestown and then back on the Flat for Ascot, and he could be a Melbourne Cup horse down the road."

Day two of the Cheltenham NH Festival proved a super occasion for Newsells too with Supasundae landing the Grade 3 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle in style for owners Ann and Alan Potts Partnership.

A handsome son of Galileo he put the race to bed with a turn of foot his Derby-winning sire would have been proud of.

Trainer Jessica Harrington said: "In his last two runs he's just been getting stuck in the mud but we worked him last week on a really good surface and he was like a different horse.  He's Flat bred and I just think he needs real good ground."

Bred by Newsells Park Stud, Supasundae is out of the winning Danehill mare Distinctive Look, a half-sister to eight black-type winners including Newsells' dual Gr.1 winner and sire Nathaniel (Galileo), Gr.1 Fillies' Mile Stakes winner Playful Act (Sadler's Wells), Gr.1 Irish Oaks winner Great Heavens (Galileo) and Gr.2 Yorkshire Cup winner and Gr.1-winning hurdler Percussionist (Sadler's Wells).

Newsells Park Stud also bred Melon, who finished second in the Grade 1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival for trainer Willie Mullins and owner Mrs J Donnelly. By Medicean out of Night Teeny, the five-year-old gelding is the half-brother to three Stakes winners/performers on the Flat.