El Kaldoun, by Special Kaldoun
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!
Latest Trainer Update (25th May): He has shown Nicky plenty at home and he would be work mates with our own Jen’s Boy so that should give you a fair barometer of what he’s shown at home.
He will now be given some time to enjoy the spring grass and to get ready for the next season, which we and Mr Henderson are very excited about. In fact we were told today that of all our Nicky Henderson horses on holiday, El Kaldoun is the boss in the field! Just the type of horse to have on our side..
Update: *Winner of the Grade 3 Coral Cup at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival - Bleu Berry, by Special Kaldoun*
We fully appreciate that shares in our top quality, Nicky Henderson horses are quite expensive to purchase in the first instance, especially compared to some of our Flat horses where comparative sized shares can be around a quarter of the price of this Special Kaldoun gelding; however we would like to point out that the likely duration of this syndicate is a number of years, possibly up to 4 or 5 years with just the one, initial up front payment liable. A jumps horse at Nicky's Seven Barrows effectively has three careers, a National Hunt Flat (bumper) career, a hurdles career and a chase career. Our flat syndicates tend to run for a year or two and where each horse has just one career so we really think that although up front prices are not cheap, they do represent significant value compared to Flat racing. Furthermore, we'd like to point we have not compromised one iota in the purchase of this 3yo in an attempt to compete at the very highest level with Cheltenham aspirations firmly on our radar. Unfortunately in the last 15 years, the purchase of NH stock has become hugely expensive, but we are determined to bring our owners the very best chance possible to compete alongside National Hunt racing's elite. If the up front cost of purchasing a share is looking a tad prohibitive, we can spread the cost across the first 18 months of your ownership experience.