Here we have a simply gorgeous gelding by the very interesting sire Special Kaldoun. Nicky Henderson’s "specimen of the sale" coupled with Anthony Bromley’s rare "2 tick" rating, which is the highest rating he can award a horse, suggests just what the professionals think of this gelding. Nicky Henderson was blown away by this lad, quoting: “He’s just so free and fluid in his motion and is a real quality stamp of a horse. He isn't’t just an individual, he has the quality pedigree to give you that extra push as well that you need to take you to the very top.”
In bloodstock, you are always on the lookout for a sire who adds value to mares, Special Kaldoun looks just that. He brings a real emphasis on quality over quantity as he is a sire who does not cover many mares at all in season, in some cases nearly as low as single figures, so for him to have sired the likes of Dandy Mag (2nd in a Grade 2 and 3rd in a Grade 1) and Bleu Berry (Grade 2 winner) whom are both only in their novice season must tell you what an underutilised sire he is. In an age where every breeder is trying to breed a sales topper and not a race horse, this gelding is a refreshing break from the norm. Before visiting Special Kaldoun the mare has had an exceptional record recording an outstanding 6 winners from only 7 runners. These are by not simply your run of the mill winners as well, of those six winners two have been rated north of 140, a rating that will get you into all the big handicaps. A visit to Special Kaldoun is a significant upgrade on any of the sires she has visited to-date in the opinion of expert Ant Bromley and given his ability to produce the highest quality horses with limited ammunition one would suggest this gelding is destined for the very top.
We were delighted to add this horse to our string with the Champion trainer and he looks likely to take his owners to the very biggest race days. He is a lovely stamp of a horse, who has great quality about him and could just be a bit special. Nicky says: "There's no finer athlete that I've bought this year". High praise indeed with the quality of the Seven Barrows in mates!
Pedigree Update: *Winner of the Grade 3 Coral Cup at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival - Bleu Berry, by Special Kaldoun.*
In Nicky's 2018/2019 Season Preview he says: "This is a gelding we like a lot, that we bought in the Land Rover sale last year and although at the time I thought he was sure to come to hand, he just didn't quite make it to the racecourse last year, but he showed us any amount of talent on the way. He is by a young French sire that is doing well and his dam has already bred six winners from seven runners, so I hope he can live up to the family tradition, but I will be disappointed if that isn't so, as he showed us an immense amount of promise last year."
Trainer Update 12th Nov': The Racing Post have today published a Nicky Henderson Stable Tour. We have attached a screen shot of Nicky's thoughts on El Kaldoun in the gallery. He will be out shortly!