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 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 winner’s enclosure in the Listed Wild Flower Stakes at Kempton.

At five, Red Verdon endured an incredible season of ups and downs. After winning a conditions race on comeback in good style, he was fourth in the Marathon final at Lingfield on Good Friday.  Returning to the turf, he ran up a sequence of frustrating yet excellent seconds at the top level. This included the Gr.2 Hardwicke Stakes back over a mile and a half at Royal Ascot. 

He was a comfortable and deserving winner of a Doncaster Conditions race under Ryan Moore in 2019. Later that year saw a memorable triumph in the Gr.3 John Smith's Silver Cup at York in mid-July, under a fine ride by David Allan. It was a deserved first pattern race triumph for Red Verdon.

Although an incredibly consistent and genuine sort, luck has not always been on his side. Twice he has attempted to contest the world-famous Melbourne Cup, although interrupted preparations and small injuries have kept him out.

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  • 9th February 2017