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Horse Racing: Sunday 21st January – Aidenldrebin Selection

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1.25 ChelmsfordVALE OF KENT (nap)

The selection is a son of Kodiac who is a half brother to high-class 7-8.5f 2yo winner (including the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile) Vale Of York and 1m 3yo winner Iffraaj Pink, out of an unraced half sister to Grade 2-placed UK/US 8-10f winner (including at Listed level) Uraib, useful 7f 2yo winner Jalad and five other winners out of a once-raced 1m 3yo winning sister to Group 1-placed 7-10.5f winner (including at twice at Group 2 level) Batshoof. This gelding is trained by Mark Johnston and fetched 380,000gns at auction, making plenty of appeal on pedigree as a half brother to high-class juvenile Vale Of York and the son of a half sister to a handful of winners, including 3yo debut scorer Uraib. One or two others in the family have also made a winning start or gone close to doing so, and he comes from a top northern stable whose newcomers rarely lack for fitness/know-how; bred to be sharp and starting out in a winnable enough race, it’d come as no surprise to see this son of Kodiac off the mark at the first time of asking.

About Author

Have been interested in horse racing since 2000, particularly the breeding side of things. Naturally, I enjoy picking apart maiden races given my love of pedigrees, but I am also at home with handicaps and Group races. Spotting potential early is very rewarding, as is picking up on a handicap project from an early stage, with my most satisfying success stories in recent years being Pere Blanc, More Of That, Turtle Watch and Arab Dawn.

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