Special Kaldoun gelding (Jumps)

Trainer: Nicky Henderson Race type: Jumps
Age: 3 yr old Description: Bay Gelding
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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 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!

In the Seven Barrows season preview book, Nicky has this to say about him: “He is a very racey looking 3yo, by a sire that is doing very well, and from a mare who has already bred six individual winners. Tom and I bought him at the Derby sale and I think this is an especially exciting individual who joins the MPR team. He does look a ready-made racehorse and was particularly athletic and mentally mature throughout his breaking. It is always hard to predict how quickly any 3yo is going to come to hand, but he looked a particularly sharp and mature individual and I would hope he would at least be ready for the bumpers after Christmas.”

Latest Trainer Update (16th Oct): We saw him at our owners stable visit yesterday (new photos added above) and he looked very professional. He cantered for a mile around the wexford sand ring with our older horses, behaving really well in front of our crowd of over 100 people. Nicky told us that of all the three year old horses that have arrived into his yard for this season, he is very forward and doing a lot more than his peers. This bodes well for his campaign plan that Nicky refers to above. You can see a short video of him cantering to the right.

He is now entered in the 'Sales bumper' at the Fairyhouse Easter meeting on April 1st, which he qualifies for, having been bought at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby sale. This is a valuable race, which carries a purse of around €100,000


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