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 and Cheltenham Festival Grade 3 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 Anthony Bromley and given his ability to produce the highest quality horses with limited ammunition one would suggest this gelding is destined for bigger things.
He is a lovely stamp of a horse, who has great quality about him and we were delighted to add him to our string with the 6-time Champion trainer.
An impressive winner of his first start over fences in October:
At The Races have posted a Nicky Henderson stable tour after the weekend, with a nice mention of EL KALDOUN, as well as FATHER JOHN and MARIE'S ROCK. Read that here: http://jumps.attheraces.com/stable-tours/nicky-henderson
Syndicate manager update (19th October): He has come out of the race great and he is "very fresh indeed!" I'll have a little look through the fixture book and if the perfect race is there, then we might need to have a little look at it...