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News: 13 April 2009

IRISH GRAND NATIONAL WIN FOR BOARDSMILL STUD

The Boardsmill Stud bred Niche Market landed a famous victory when winning the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday, 13 April 2009. The 8 year old gelding, trained by Bob Buckler in England is owned by Graeme Regan - an Irish man living in England. The winner was given a brilliant ride by young rider Harry Skelton and was 2 lengths too good for Church Island at the finish. This was Niche Market’s 2nd black type win of the year, following his victory in a Listed Chase in Ascot in December.

Niche Market is the 2nd foal out of Juresse, who is a Boardsmill homebred mare by Jurado out of Last Princess. Juresse was a winner of a Dundalk hurdle when trained by the late John Fowler. Her first foal was Rock On Tom, winner of a bumper and a chase when trained by Noel Meade. Three of Juresse’s first 4 foals have won, the third being Beckett Rock, a promising 5 year old full brother to Niche Market who is trained by Mouse Morris. Juresse’s younger produce include a 2 year old gelding by Pilsudski and a yearling filly by Old Vic. She is currently carrying a foal by Boardsmill Sire Kalanisi and is due to foal in June.

Niche Market hails from a wonderful chasing family and his dam is a half sister to the prolific winner Strath Royal, whose 20 wins included victories in the Gr2 Charlie Hall Chase and the Listed Rowland Meyyrick Chase. His grandam Last Princess hails from the wonderful family of the late breeder Tom Nicholson that included Artifice and Bigaroon and has also produced another Grand National winner in the shape of Aintree winner Amberleigh House.

While Last Princess is no longer around, Boardsmill Stud is lucky to have 6 daughters of hers that are all at breeding at stud.

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