Top-notch galloper destined for HK
AMERICAN Triple Crown-placed Citadeed is the latest exciting import to join the powerful Ivan Allan stable. Citadeed ran a classy third in the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown, when owned by Allan himself but will race here in the red, green and black silks of Jockey Club Steward Alan Li. Prior to export to America, Citadeed had run third in the highly competitive European Free Handicap over seven furlongs at Newmarket and the balance of his form makes him equal to any horse to come to Hong Kong. He will almost certainly take this season to acclimatise but should mount a serious home defence of next season's International Cup or Vase.
Allan said yesterday: 'In view of the strong international challenges, I have decided to bring my horse Citadeed to Hong Kong. 'While I enjoy racing as an owner, essentially I am a trainer at heart. Mr Alan Li has made me an attractive offer and I have accepted. 'Unfortunately, Citadeed will not be competitive for this year's International races as he will only arrive some time next month. 'But I very much hope he can mature into a serious contender next season.' Citadeed's career form stands the closest inspection as Harayir, runner-up in the European Free Handicap, came out and won the first Classic of the British season, the 1,000 Guineas. Citadeed, a recently gelded son of Shadeed, then ran well from a bad draw in the Kentucky Derby, beaten only 71/2 lengths by the brilliant Thunder Gulch, before winning the Grade Two Peter Pan Stakes and then running that great third in the Grade One Belmont Stakes. Following the Belmont Stakes, Citadeed ran another Grade One placing when third in the Haskell Stakes. He disappointed on his only other start in the United States but Allan explained: 'He had obviously gone over the top but will be nicely freshened up when he arrives in Hong Kong. He will given all the time he needs.'