Raise Your Hand (Imperial Monarch) winning a point-to-point at Stafford Cross

Son Of Imperial Monarch Raises The Bar On Debut

The Chris Barber owned and trained Raise Your Hand (4g Imperial Monarch - Midnight Dasie, by Flemensfirth) became the latest first crop winner by his Beeches Stud sire when making a winning debut at Stafford Cross on Sunday.

The sole newcomer in a field of eight, he jumped well throughout under D. Andrews and ran on well to score by four lengths. The runner-up A Tipple Or Two added to the fine impression made by the winner, having previously finished a good second to Ramillies, who went on to sell for £215,000.

The winning trainer commented "He will be a nice horse after summer grass and could go to the sales."

Raise Your Hand was bred by Mary Brennan and comes from the family of Grade 1 winning hurdler Death Duty, Sun Alliance Chase victor One Knight and Grade 1 chaser Foxrock.

His Group 1 winning sire Imperial Monarch also boasts much appeal on pedigree, being closely related to Epsom Derby second The Great Gatsby (Sadler’s Wells), while his dam is a half-sister to top National Hunt sire Oscar (Sadler’s Wells).