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A Hollow victory for Ballylinch Stud in Supreme Novices'.

Byline: Martin Stevens

BALLYLINCH STUD'S recent decision to buy Beat Hollow from Juddmonte to stand as a dualpurpose stallion in place of King's Theatre, who filled that role so well until his death last year, was gilded by Cinders And Ashes' victory in yesterday's Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Beat Hollow now has two top-flight winners over jumps, after December's Finale Juvenile Hurdle scorer Hollow Tree. Both Cinders And Ashes and Hollow Tree are trained by Donald McCain, who was ahead of the game in identifying Beat Hollow's promise as a National Hunt stallion.

Ballylinch managing director John O'Connor said yesterday: "Beat Hollow arrived here from Banstead Manor Stud looking great and he settled in straight away.

"It's working out how we hoped - he's another high-quality dualpurpose sire and clients who used King's Theatre down the years are supporting him now. This season he will be serving many dams and sisters to some of the good horses sired by King's Theatre, including the dams of Riverside Theatre and Voler La Vedette."

The loss of King's Theatre was felt keenly at Cheltenham yesterday, with his son Balthazar King winning the Cross Country Chase and Cue Card and Menorah filling the places in the Arkle.

There were some striking similarities between Beat Hollow and his predecessor that increased his appeal to Ballylinch. Both are Group 1-winning sons of Sadler'sWells and both sired their first jumps Grade 1 winner in the Finale Hurdle. Plus, as O'Connor points out, "both boast particularly good stats, with high winnersto-runners and stakes winners-torunners ratios".

Beat Hollow stands at the County Kilkenny stud at EUR6,00. **SADLER'S WELLS sons held sway in yesterday's festival action. Apart from Beat Hollow and King's Theatre, Coolmore's Oscar sired Champion Hurdle hero Rock On Ruby and Overbury Stud's Kayf Tara sired JLT Specialty Handicap Chase winner Alfie Sherrin.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 14, 2012
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