In training

Dark Red

Grey Gelding
DOB: 28 Mar 2012
Dark Angel x Essexford (Spinning World)
Owner: The Hon R J Arculli

Dark Red has been a tremendous servant over a number of years. By the tremendous Dark Angel, he is out of a Spinning World mare who won over 7f as a two-year-old. Dark Red was bought at the October Yearling Sales at Tattersalls for 82,000gns.

Unraced at two, Dark Red proved a consistent three-year-old, finishing in the first four on each of his six starts, before exploding into life at four. His three consecutive victories included the City and Suburban at Epsom as his rating rocketed from 75 to 97. As a five-year-old last year he continued to run with credit all year long, adding to his tally with a victory in a class 2 handicap at York in October.

Typically, he continued to run well in 2018, mixing it between a mile and a mile and a quarter, before his season was curtailed by injury after Glorious Goodwood. A plan was hatched to take Dark Red to Dubai during the early stages of 2019, and he had three runs over there at the Carnival. 

Although generally running with credit, Dark Red could not quite show his very best form, and his return to domestic action at Kempton was a fraction disappointing in early March. He has since been given a significant break, and it is hoped that when he returns to action the handicapper's leniency in dropping him to a rating of 93, can allow him to get back to winning ways. 

Link to form and entries  (courtesy of the Racing Post; opens in a new window)



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  • 2nd May 2017