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No faulting Falkirk in HK Derby and Spinamix shows she's special again; WEEKEND REVIEW Round-up highlighting the pedigrees behind the winners of the big races.

FALKIRK was among the influx of Australian-trained horses who ventured to Europe to take on our best sprinters after Choisir opened the floodgates.

Although unsuccessful - he finished fourth to Takeover Target in the 2006 King's Stand and was unplaced behind Les Arcs in the July Cup - Falkirk got one up on his international competition when siring a first topflight winner in yesterday's Hong Kong Derby.

Former European horses such as Dunboyne Express and Zaidan lined up but it was Falkirk's New Zealandbred first-crop son Fay Fay who took the honours by a neck from Same World, a British-bred son of Hawk Wing who was a Listed winner at Chantilly last year when named Tucuman.

The ascent of Falkirk, a Group 2-winning son of Tale Of The Cat, is a tonic for his owner, Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand, as in December the operation lost its multiple domestic champion sire Volksraad.

Same World was bred by Lisa Kelly out of Spinamix, a daughter of Spinning World who didn't trouble the judge in seven starts but is proving a fine broodmare: she is also the dam of Group 3-winning mare San Sicharia, smart sprinter Spin Cycle and Grade 3-placed Codeword.

European mares big in Japan JAPAN continues to reap the rewards of snapping up European mares. Yesterday's Grade 2 Hanshin Daishoten at Hanshin saw Gustave Cry demote long odds-on Orfevre to the runner-up spot. The winner is by Heart's Cry, the Dubai Sheema Classic winner who ran third in the 2006 King George, and out of the French-bred mare Fabulous Fouine, who was second to Singspiel in the 1996 Japan Cup.

Nakayama's big race, the Grade 2 Fuji Sho Spring Stakes, was won by Grandezza, a colt by Agnes Tachyon out of Marju's Prix d'Astarte-winning daughter Marbye. The three-year-old Grandezza makes it two star foals in a row for Marbye as she was responsible for last year's Japanese 1,000 Guineas winner Marcellina.

Chinchon oozes Sex Appeal MARJU also made his presence felt on Saturday when his stalwart son Chinchon captured Europe's first Pattern race of the year, the Group 3 Prix Exbury at Saint-Cloud.

Chinchon is out of the Hector Protector mare Jarama, a great-granddaughter of brilliant broodmare Sex Appeal, who found fame as the dam of champion juvenile Try My Best and brilliant 2,000 Guineas winner El Gran Senor.

Marju is by Try My Best's Breeders' Cup Mile-winning son Last Tycoon, meaning he is inbred 4x4 to Sex Appeal.

Vic the pick for Nationals ACTION at Uttoxeter on Saturday again proved that if it's a National winner you want, look no further than progeny of late Sunnyhill Stud stallion Old Vic.

Responsible for the 2008 and 2010 Grand National heroes Comply Or Die and Don't Push It, Old Vic added a Midlands National winner to his resume in Master Overseer.

Master Overseer is a good advertisement for Old Vic's ability to upgrade his mares as he is the sole black-type performer under his first four dams.

Martin Stevens New Zealand-bred Fay Fay (near side) gets the better of Same World (red visor) in the Hong Kong Derby
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 19, 2012
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