An absolutely stunning gelding by the super sire Presenting, a simply gorgeous horse who moves beautifully and has a fantastic attitude. Nicky knows the family well as the dam Blue Dante, is out of Weather Line, an unraced half-sister to Grade 1 chase winner Marlborough, also trained at Seven Barrows. (Chase RPR 166). Blue Dante herself won 2 bumpers from 2 starts under rules including a Listed contest beating 11 previous winners.
We embarked on a novice hurdle campaign last season and sent 'The Duke' to Kempton, in what was a very competitive affair, for his Novice hurdle debut where he finished a very pleasing 4th, at a time when, by his own admission, Mr. Henderson’s string were needing their first run. He jumped like a veteran and earned the Timeform comments: “Fair in bumpers, showed aptitude for hurdling after 8 months off and is entitled to come on all round and progress for the run/experience." He then went on to run a super race in heavy ground at Haydock to take 2nd and once again jumped well and under Nico de Boinville, was closing in on the winner after the last, getting to within 3/4 of a length. After then running him over a longer trip, we decided to bring him back to 2m 3.5f and he duly won at Carlisle!