In training

Red Verdon

Chestnut Gelding
DOB: 24 Mar 2013
Lemon Drop Kid x Porto Marmay (Choisir)
Owner: The Hon R J Arculli

By high-class American sire Lemon Drop Kid, whose progeny include dual Gr.1 winner Richard's Kid, this well-bred colt is out of the five furlong Listed winner Porto Marmay. He is from the further family of Hong Kong champion River Verdon, who was also owned by Mr Arculli. 

Red Verdon has been a star for several seasons now and hopefully the best is yet to come.

He won on his second start as a two-year-old, before progressing through the handicap ranks to finish sixth in the Derby, fourth in the Irish Derby and second in the Gr.1 Grand Prix de Paris at three. At four he returned to the winners enclosure in the Listed Wild Flower Stakes at Kempton, whilst he has been in fine form already this campaign.

At five Red Verdon endured an incredible season of ups and downs. After winning a conditons race on comeback in good style, he was fourth in the Marathon final at Lingfield o Good Friday. Returned to the turf, he finished an excellent second under an enterprising ride from James Doyle in the Gr.2 Jockey Club Stakes, briefly looking as though he would beat the hot favourite Defoe for a famous triumph, but just succumbing late on. He went on to fill the same position in the Gr.2 Henry II Stakes at Sandown, the Gr.2 Hardwicke Stakes back over a mile and a half at Royal Ascot (arguably producing a career best in he process behind Crystal Ocean) and the Gr.3 Glorious Stakes at Goodwood, before running slightly below par in the Lonsdale Cup at York. 

He then ventured Down Under for a tilt at the Melbourne Cup, but unfortuantely it proved to be a difficult and trying experience. The flight over was delayed by 24 hours and only the expertise of the staff with the horses prevented it turning into a more serious incident. Red Verdon eventually made it to Australia and ran first in the Caulfield Cup in Ocotober, which we hoped would prove a nice lead up to the Melbourne Cup itself, but also might provide a decent opportunity to pick up some good money.

Luck was not on his side in the Caulfield however, as he found himself too far back early on, and then suffered interference on the turn for home. He plugged on for a respectable midfield finish, but it wasn't to be. Worse was to follow, as he went slightly lame a few days before the Melbourne Cup and had to miss the engagement at Flemington.

Surely more bad luck could not follow? Well it did! Red Verdon was sent to Hong Kong on his way home for the Hong Kong Vase, and although we were big outsiders in a competitive field, it was still disappointing to suffer major interference on the turn for home, effectively ending all hopes of being involved in the finish. He trailed in a long way adrift and got some nasty cuts and bruises for his trouble.

Ahead of the start of his six-year-old season Red Verdon was gelded and given a break to get over his travels. The procedure appeared to pay off as he was a comfortable and deserving winner of a Doncaster Conditions race on the second day of the turf season under Ryan Moore, although he disappointed a fraction in the Gr.2 Jockey Club Stakes over Guineas weekend and the Gr.3 Aston Park Stakes at Newbury subsequently. 

He was given a month away from us with Sophie Buckley, who successfully sweetened th old boy up, as he returned to us in superb form. This was demonstrated in no uncertain terms by his return to the track, when he scored a memorable triumph in the Gr.3 John Smith's Silver Cup at York in mid-July, under a fine riude by David Allan. It was a deserved first pattern race trioumph for Verdon, and it is now all systems go for the Ebor back at York next month. 

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  • 9th February 2017