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Flat Out to Cheltenham

21/02/10 - Son of Sagamix continues winning ways at Punchestown to book Festival trip

With form figures that read 32111, it’s no surprise that exciting young hurdler Flat Out holds two entries for the Cheltenham Festival, with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle on the opening day his most likely target.

Trained in Ireland by Willie Mullins, the five-year-old son of Sagamix delivered his most recent victory – and first over hurdles – in impressive fashion at Punchestown on Wednesday, making all to land the two-mile maiden event by seven lengths. Ridden this time by the trainer’s nephew Emmet Mullins, Flat Out has also landed two bumpers in the hands of Mullins’ son Patrick.

Bred in France, Flat Out’s dam bears the unusual name for a female of Divine Rodney and is by Kendor.

Kayf Tara has been notching up the winners of late and it was business as usual this week with victories for Megasue and Tara Taylor. Apart from one unplaced run in the bumper at last year’s Grand National meeting, Megasue has been a model of consistency, bringing home prize-money from each of her seven other starts.

Her victory in the two-mile novices’ hurdle at Plumpton on Monday was her first over obstacles but she is also a dual bumper winner, those successes coming on her first two racecourse outings in 2008. Now six, Megasue has a year younger full-brother by the name of Megastar, who has finished first and second on his only two starts to date. Both horses were bred by Jeremy Hinds of Pleasure Palace Racing.

Tara Taylor, bred by Ann Taylor, secured her second victory for the Taylormaid syndicate when winning a handicap hurdle over two miles and six furlongs at Britain’s newest racecourse, Ffos Las. The seven-year-old, out of the Carwhite mare Marielou, is trained by Charlie Longsdon and also won a bumper last season. Her full-sister, The Hon Tara, made her debut in January and, just like her elder sibling, finished third in a bumper.

At Haydock on Saturday, perennial favourite Kayf Aramis put in another brave run to finish second in the G2 Rendlesham Hurdle in taxing conditions. A four-time winner on the flat, Isobel Phipps Coltman’s homebred became Kayf Tara’s first Cheltenham Festival winner last year when landing the Listed Pertemps Final.