When we saw Leoncavallo entered in the Goffs 2018 January sale, we we’re very keen to secure the horse. Pleasingly, the hammer dropped our way for a very fair £21,000.
Leoncavallo needs little introduction. This son of Cape Cross won his first 5 races over hurdles. One of those wins was the prestigious Wensleydale hurdle at Wetherby. Leoncavallo than ran in the 2015 Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival finishing an excellent 5th. Only the likes of Ivanovich Gorbatov, Apple’s Jade, Footpad & Let’s Dance finished in front of him.
Leoncavallo was transferred back to Godolphin after his Cheltenham efforts. He ran twice on the flat, winning first time out and beaten in a photo finish. This very talented horse then went full circle and made the move back to National Hunt racing with another different trainer.
We will drop Leoncavallo back in trip, and run in many of the top two mile handicaps.
Dr Richard Newland will train Leoncavallo.