January 2, 2019 |
The Grade 1 Betway Challow Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday 29 December saw Kateson finish a close third behind the Nicky Henderson-trained, Champ.
Kateson, a six-year-old son of the late Black Sam Bellamy (Shade Oak Stud) is a graduate of the TBA’s Elite Mares’ Scheme which was introduced by the TBA to incentivise breeders to use the selection of quality NH stallions on offer in Britain. It works by offering a subsidised or free nomination to mares which have attained a certain level of success on the racecourse, or have produced a NH runner of a defined performance level. TBA member, David Richards used the scheme with his mare Silver Kate, a 141 rated hurdler, to get a subsided nomination to Black Sam Bellamy, and thus Kateson was produced.
Mr Richards was also triumphant at last year’s NH Celebration Dinner, where Kateson was awarded the Yorton Stud Trophy for Leading NH Flat Horse following a successful season which cumulated in finishing second in the Grade 2 Weatherbys Racing Bank Standard Open NH Flat Race at Aintree in April.
Kateson will now be aimed at the Grade 1 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.