So slick Redicean promoted to second-favourite for Triumph Hurdle
Alan has long thought Redicean to be “the real deal”, and the youngster stretched his unbeaten sequence to three with an impressive victory in the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton on Saturday.
Some professionals were not convinced about Redicean’s jumping the first two times, but the odds-on favourite was so slick for his biggest test yet, and, having winged the final flight in front, he quickened up like a high-class individual on the run-in to quickly double the daylight between himself and the chasing pack.
Bookmakers immediately slashed Redicean’s odds for the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham next month to 5-1 second-favourite, leaving Alan waxing lyrical.
He said:”That was lovely and he was very slick both when he went long and also when he got in tight. He was very quick through the air and I couldn’t be more pleased.”
All Redicean’s three wins over jumps have come at Kempton, but neither Alan nor jockey Wayne Hutchinson envisage the Cheltenham hill being a problem.
Alan added:”Redicean stayed a mile and six (furlongs) on the Flat, and I have no worries whatsoever about the Cheltenham hill – Penzance had never seen it before he went there, and he won a Triumph.”
Hutchinson was similarly enthusiastic, observing:”Redicean was breathtaking and I was always confident that he would jump so much better in a true-run race, and so it proved.
“He settled better – I was always in my comfort-zone and he went through the gears easily and seemed to love that better ground. I know Cheltenham is a totally different track, but he is battle-hardened from the Flat so it’s not like he lacks the experience.”
Messrs King and Hutchinson were not the only ones celebrating, with Ukranian groom Valentino Kovalenko picking up a special £2,000 bonus from the sponsors. He said:”I’ve been with Alan four years and I love my job there – Redicean is an aeroplane.”
Doubtless, Alan took a celebratory glass when putting his feet up at Barbury on Saturday evening, and things got even better when Lady Persephone. who showed promise on her belated Flat debut at Lingfield recently, built on that when winning the fillies maiden at Wolverhampton.