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Seymours share the credit for Sleepy's historic double.

KINDA EASY ran the race of his life to win the William Hill St Leger at Wimbledon last week, adding the stayers' Classic to the Derby title won by litter-brother Kinda Ready and completing an extraordinary training feat by Mark Wallis, handler of both hounds plus the St Leger runner-up Droopys Zach.

A 15.31sec sectional - less than a length shy of Drominboy Jet's record 15.24sec - put the son of Just The Best-Kinda Sleepy in the driving seat, but, as in the Derby, the verdict rested on a photo, which showed that Droopys Zach's flying finish failed by a short-head. The victor's 40.57sec was the fastest Leger final time returned since the trip was extended by eight metres to 668 in 2003.

Winner of ten opens for owners Chris Badger, Gary Crouch and Daren Johnson, the April 2007 whelp has scored over distances from 480 to 668m and ran fifth in Romford's Champion Stakes. Wallis, previously undecided about his charge's optimum trip, is now confident of his six-bend stamina and potential for eight.

The now deceased Just The Best is a proven sire of longdistance types, while Kinda Sleepy won 32 opens up to 714m, setting record splits at Hall Green (670m) and Monmore (630m), so stamina is well catered for from the pedigree angle. It is nature's random allocation of genes and ability that counts.

Ian and Brenda Seymour bred the Classic-winning duo at their range in Castletown, Co. Tipperary, but Crouch and Johnson get the official credit in the Irish Stud Book.

Wallis is the first trainer to land a same-year Derby/St Leger double since 1995, when Theo Mentzis scored with Moaning Lad and Kens Dilemma, but to accomplish it with littermates is a unique feat, made more remarkable by the fact that Wallis also trained their dam.

It is not all that uncommon for siblings to contest Derby and St Leger finals. In 2008, the Tony Collett-trained brothers Lenson Express and Lenson Earl (Top Honcho-Gold Seacrest) did it, Express being knocked over in the Derby, while Earl took third in the Leger.

There was a near-miss in 1994 when Tony Meek sent out Moral Standards to win the Derby and the John McGeetrained Twin Rainbow took second place in the six-bend Classic, failing by a length to clinch the double for the Flag Star-No Way Jose comrades.

There is only one other case of siblings winning both events, but it was achieved in different years by Tric Trac (1967 Derby) and Forward King (1968 St Leger), both from a February 1965 Crazy Parachute-Supreme Witch litter, bred by Leo Stack.

Second to Tric Trac in the Derby was Spectre, another sibling, both being trained by Sheffield's Jim Hookway.


Owners Daren Johnson (left), Chris Badger (centre) and Gary Crouch with Mark Wallis and Leger hero Kinda Easy after their Wimbledon success
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 5, 2009
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