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.

After winning a conditons race on comeback in good style, he was fourth in the Marathon final at Lingfield. He then 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 then filled the same position in the Gr.2 Henry II Stakes at Sandown, when patiently ridden and finishing off his race in great style. Two of those races were over two miles, a trip he has now proven that he stays, to open up future options.

Red Verdon was then tasked with taking on a  high-class field in the Gr.2 Hardwicke Stakes back over a mile and a half at Royal Ascot. Although dismissed as a 33/1 shot and the outsider of the field, he ran a career best to finish second to the top-class Crystal Ocean, with former winner Idaho and Derby runner-up Cliffs Of Moher trailing in his wake. It was a high-class effort, and confirmed that not only is Red Verdon in the form of his life, but he is probably still on the upgrade. Red followed this up with another fine second place finish in 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.

He will mend in due course, and although it was a very disappointing end to an otherwise very profitable season, there remains plenty to look forward to in 2019.
 

 

 

 

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  • 9th February 2017