Diamond Boy’s excellent run continued with a black-type double over the weekend.
Grand Sancy continued his upward curve this season when taking the Listed Newton Novices’ Hurdle at Haydock for the Paul Nicholls team. Successful on his seasonal return in October, he finished second at Listed level next time out before landing his second novice hurdle of the season at the beginning of November.
Unsurprisingly, he was sent off favourite under Harry Cobden and despite racing keenly early one, was travelling strongly four out. Staying on close home, he beat Cause Toujours by two lengths, with all of 19 lengths back to the third horse.
Commenting after the race, Nicholls said, “He’s learning all the time and stayed on strongly, he has an abundance of stamina. We don’t really have a plan for him but we’ll look at the Kennel Gate Novices’ Hurdle at Ascot next month.” Grand Sancy was bred by Dr Vet Brigitte Poulve.
Meanwhile, over at Auteuil the following day, Cat Tiger ran out a four and a half length winner of the Grade 3 Prix Morgex Chase. A Grade 3 winner over fences in September, he finished third and fourth at Grade 1 level on his next two starts this season.
Remaining at the trip of two miles and six furlongs, he was ridden by David Maxwell and relegated recent Listed winner Blasimon to runners-up honours, as favourite Cicalina, a Grade 1 winner last time out, took third.
Bred by Earl Haras de la Croix Sonnet and J-C Haimet, Cat Tiger comes from the family of Vision D’Etat.