Impressive winners at Kempton

With a snowy week’s weather forecast courtesy of the “Beast From The East” those trainers who took the chance to race or gallop their Festival hopefuls over the past weekend will be delighted they made the most of the opportunity.


A new name appeared toward the top of the Triumph Hurdle betting – the Alan King-trained Medicean gelding Redicean looking most impressive in the Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (G2), winning by an untroubled 7l.


Highflyer Bloodstock purchased the four-year-old at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses In Training Sale last October for 85,000gns. He had been seen twice previously in a sales ring – as a foal when sold by breeder Cheveley Park Stud for 50,000gns to John Troy and as a yearling when bought for 34,000gns by Troy Steve in October Book 2. Initially trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam, Redicean achieved a career best on the Flat of 85 after a three-year-old maiden success at Redcar over 1m2f last April. Transferred to David O’Meara following a down-the-run field at Salisbury, he won over 1m6f back at Redcar on soft ground the day before selling at the end of October.


Redicean has now won his three starts over course and distance for King and owner Apple Tree Stud, the last outing at Kempton looking by far the best in terms of jumping ability. He stays well and possesses plenty of pace – all requirements necessary for the rigors of the Triumph. King has previous experience of training a gelding by Medicean to run in the Triumph – he produced Trenchant to finish fifth in the 2009 renewal. The gelding went onto carve out a successful career over timber and won the Grade 2 Dovecote Hurdle (also around Kempton) and finish second in the National Spirit Hurdle(G2) at Fontwell.


So far the best jumper by Medicean (Machiavellian), a Group 1 winner of the Lockinge Stakes, the Queen Anne and the Eclipse, is the Willie Mullins-trained Supreme Hurdle (G1) runner-up Melon, currently a 12/1 chance for the Champion Hurdle (G1). He is out of Platini mare and was bred by Newsells Park Stud. Mullins has also trained another good one by the sire – the 150-rated Sempre Medici. But both might be eclipsed by this new kid on the block, a horse King believes has more “gears” than Katchit whom he trained to Triumph Hurdle success in 2007 and to win the Champion Hurdle a year later.


Redicean is out of the Galileo placed mare Red Halo and is from a slightly quieter-than-usual Cheveley family – the earliest direct black-type in the pedigree being the US Grade 1 winner Luas Lane under the third dam. The gelding will give the Thompsons a serious Festival interest as breeders, but in light of their recent jumping purchases seemingly the NH sphere is of renewed interest to the couple as owners. At the recent Cheltenham February Sale they purchased the point-to-point winner Envoi Allen, a four-year-old gelding by Muthahir, through agent Tom Malone for £400,000.


The other highly impressive winner at Kempton was Global Citizen. He is entered only in the County Hurdle at The Festival, the horse having joined Ben Pauling’s yard just after Christmas and the timing too tight for the trainer to give him any big race entries. But the six-year-old son of Alkaadhem looked a hugely impressive prospect in the Dovecote Hurdle, giving a 9l beating to Scarlet Dragon, rated 108 on the Flat and trained by King.


Global Citizen is yet another winner hailing from the Irish point-to-point / Tattersall Ireland Cheltenham Sale axis being a £275,000 purchase by Stroud Coleman Bloodstock from Willie and Jim Murphy’s Ballycurragh Stud. The farm stands Alkaadhem, a Group 2-winning son of Green Desert and bred by Meon Valley Stud. He is a great grandson of the stud’s wonderful mare Reprocolor, the grand-dam of Kayf Tara. Global Citizen is a half-brother to the Grade 2-placed hurdler De Potting Shed, and a full-brother to A Hare Breath, also trained by Pauling. Now a ten-year-old, he won a Listed race in December.

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