- Hold Onto The Line (IRE)
- Westerner (GB) - Dedoctorsdaughter (IRE)
- Robert and Mona Carruthers, Colin and Eileen Kesson, Richard and Lavinia Drew, Andrew Phillips
Hold Onto The Line stayed on well in his second start in point to points in Ireland (Broughshane) on good to yielding finishing runner up to the mare See A Stride with War Soldier in third (UK Bumper winner). Ran in three novice hurdles faring best at Musselburgh when third staying on and went back to the track for his handicap debut off 91. Ridden prominently as suits the track, he seemed to relish this change of tactics and his jumping was faultless taking it up from a long way out to win comfortably (33-1). Back at the track a month later off 95 in a 0-110 he proved to be well named holding Petite Rhapsody off by a neck (won next time out at Perth) as did the third horse City Derby ¾ length behind. Now up to 103 (12lb total rise) we will look at handicap hurdles and hope very much that he will enjoy the big obstacles as well as he certainly has the size and ability for this. He has done very well over the summer and has matured both mentally and physically.
Sire Westerner was a high class performer in staying races including five Group 1s and coming second in the 2005 Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe. He is now a highly successful National Hunt sire with multiple Group 1 winners - Champagne West, Cole Harden, Love Envoi, Dysart Dynamo, Ferny Hollow, Total Recall, etc.
The Dam Dedoctorsdaughter by Dr. Massini won four times (point-to-point, hurdle and chase. Hold Onto The Line is her first runner. The second Dam was the unraced half-sister to hurdle winer Francys Fancy from the family of Killiney and she has produced a Newbury Maiden Hurdle and Point-to-Point winner Mizen Station.