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Beveled loss a major blow to Benham; BLOODSTOCK BRIEFING.

BOLD EDGE's victory in the Abernant Stakes (Listed) at Newmarket last Tuesday was a posthumous tribute to his sire Beveled, who died earlier this year at Benham Stud.

Beveled - who sired Folkestone maiden winner April Stock the same day - was one of those rare stallions whose reputation builds throughout their career.

He started in 1988 at the bottom of the market; as an American minor stakes winner, he was an unfamiliar name in Britain. However, his sire Sharpen Up was well known, his dam was a Grade 3 winner and his close relative Knifebox was to develop into a high-class

10-furlong runner a few years later.

When Beveled died, he was known as an excellent source of winners, many of whom were sprinters, and some of whom were very smart.

He is the sire of Bold Edge's Listed-winning and Group-placed full-brother Brave Edge, Lilli Claire, a three-time Listed winner in 1998, and 1997 Grade 3 winner Mantles Star. His other progeny feature Listed winners Bit-A-Magic, Moon Over Miami, Sabre Rattler and Troon, the smart handicapper Chewit, and high-class hurdler Master Beveled.

Beveled has made the top 15 sires in terms of individual winners, and total wins, in Britain and Ireland for the past three years. That is no mean achievement, considering his crops of racing age have only once topped 40 foals (49 in 1995) and only three times exceeded 30 foals.

His loss is a blow to Benham. But Roger Denton's stud also stands Group/Grade 3 winner Bluegrass Prince - whose first foals have arrived this year - and 1999 newcomer My Best Valentine.

BOBBYJO'S Grand National win was a thrill for the County Foursomes. They own his six-year-old full-brother Fit To Bust, who has made the frame three times over hurdles this season. The Bustineto gelding is likely to be sent over fences next term.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Hickman, Janet
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 21, 1999
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