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Big Black Cat
26 Dec 16 23:14
Date Joined: 04 Oct 02
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ELGIN (DUKE OF MARMALADE X CHINA TEA) was a ready winner of a good novice hurdle at the Kempton Christmas Festival on Boxing Day.

Elgin was originally trained for a flat career by James Fanshawe, but was deemed too backward to run-he was sent to Alan King and given time to mature.  He won a bumper, and has now won two novice hurdles well.  His next target may be the Dovecote Hurdle at Kempton, prior to a Cheltenham Festival entry

ELGIN is a half brother to the Nicky Henderson trained CLEMENCY (by HALLING), a fair winning hurdler and bumper winner.  The dam, CHINA TEA, is an unraced full sister to the very useful French middle distance colt MADAGAN (LW, G3W, G1Placed) by HIGH CHAPARRAL.  She is from the family as Champion French mare SHIVA and the Oaks winner LIGHT SHIFT

She has a 2yo filly by HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR to enter training, barren to CAPE CROSS last year, and in foal to ACCLAMATION this year.  She is due to visit SIR PERCY in 2017
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Report Big Black Cat March 9, 2017 11:09 AM GMT
ELGIN has had a pretty good season and is a pretty useful novice.

He is due to run in the Supreme Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham next week.

Has last two runs in graded company were very solid.  He probably caught a couple of very good horses in NEON WOLF and RIVER WYLDE.

Its great to have a runner at the festival who will put up a good showing.
Report Big Black Cat November 19, 2017 4:23 PM GMT
Not a bad start to the new season for ELGIN.

A listed handicap win at Ascot and now a graded win at Cheltenham in the Greatwood.

Although this horse is homebred, he is not from one of our foundation mares families.

Its been a pretty good year all in all!
Report Big Black Cat February 18, 2018 12:51 PM GMT
Another good run from ELGIN in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton.

The trainer is now keen on supplementing him for the Champion Hurdle.

It would be great for the club to have a runner in such a Championship race.

He would need to improve again to be in the race at the second last of course.
Report sageform March 10, 2018 7:37 AM GMT
best of luck with Elgin. Apart from Buveur, the rest all have questions to answer and Elgin at least has recent form. My only likely bet at the moment is MTOY place only but I might add a similar one on Elgin once the final decs. are known.
Report Big Black Cat March 10, 2018 2:12 PM GMT
Thanks sageform.  Although he has won on soft ground, I obviously hoped the rain would stay away.

AK thinks he ideally wants better ground, but we've paid the 20 grand now, and if the race is on he'll be running.

He's in very good nick, and his lead horse won a handicap on the flat off a very lofty racing recently.

Good luck with MTOY.  We could have the first three between us.
Report sageform March 12, 2018 1:49 PM GMT
RPR list now:
Wicklow Brave

You are the only one that should improve a bit from that list.
Report sageform March 13, 2018 10:51 AM GMT
The absence of MTOY confirms why I very rarely bet until the last half hour before a race. I resisted the temptation to back him until this afternoon. Elgin looks a very realistic place bet now. Hope he runs!
Report Big Black Cat March 13, 2018 11:03 AM GMT
All systems go as far as I am aware.  I think he would have to be ill/injured not to run now we've spent 20 grand for the priveledge...

Good luck.

Report sageform March 14, 2018 1:02 PM GMT
Exposed by some very good opposition but you did beat Faugheen.
Report Big Black Cat March 15, 2018 10:56 AM GMT
A very solid run on the ground thanks sageform.  Just after two out I was getting a little excited-they just ran away from him in the ground.  Far from disgraced and beat The Kingwell oppo further this time.

Watch out for him in a 1M 4F maiden on the flat sometime in the not too distant future....
Report sageform March 15, 2018 12:14 PM GMT
Bet you wish he was in the 2.30 at Meydan today.
Report Big Black Cat March 16, 2018 10:39 AM GMT
I'm not sure what Alan is thinking sageform, but I presume he's aiming for the top end of the market, so possibly Cup races?

No point in him running in 0-70's on the flat-I think he can still improve over hurdles and especially on better ground.
Report sageform March 17, 2018 12:28 PM GMT
A 16k maiden against a bunch of moderate horses would have been a nice start thoughHappy
Report Big Black Cat March 18, 2018 6:31 PM GMT
It would have been of course. Something a little more modest probably to start with.
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