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Medicean Man is one of the most well-travelled sprinting campaigners anywhere in the world, and what makes it even better, is that he’s been doing it at the very top level for the best part of four years.
It may have taken the son of Medicean a couple of years to reach the top level, but after his debut in May 2009, it was a steady upward curve of progress until finally reaching class one level in the Listed Scarborough Stakes at Doncaster in September 2011 where he finished a creditable third.
His first foray into QIPCO British Champions Series company came in the Champions’ Sprint in 2011, where he finished down the field, but he was to show that it was not the end of his exploits, not by a long way.
The 2012’s King’s Stand was next up, and an excellent running-on fourth to Little Bridge belied an ordinary four-year-old season up to that point. Another tilt a the Champions’ Sprint was next, but the soft ground didn’t enable him to show his best and connections decided to let the horse experience Dubai that winter – a shrewd decision as he went on to win the Dubai Excellence Trophy.
Next year’s campaign back in Britain began with a Listed win at Haydock before the King’s Stand once again at Royal Ascot. He couldn’t show his best in the race, finishing down the field, but more creditable runs in group races flowed until he took the plane to Dubai for the second year.
Two more good handicap wins came in the desert and it seemed as if he was as good as ever, so his third crack at the King’s Stand in 2014 was where most was expected. He ran a great race at a price of 33/1, but could only finish fourth once again.
Connections then decided to run him again in the Diamond Jubilee, but his efforts four days previously contributed to a disappointing showing. Meydan beckoned once more for the winter and although there were more good runs, no more victories followed.
To prepare for his fourth attempt at the King’s Stand, the globetrotting sprinter went to France and the Prix Du Gros-Chene where he had a luckless run in eighth behind the useful Muthmir, but it was clearly a good prep for the big day as he brought his best ever effort to Royal Ascot as a nine-year-old.
Held up in his usual manner, he travelled sweetly through the race under new jockey Joao Moreira and looked as if he was going best of all entering the final furlong, but Robert Cowell’s Goldream stayed on best through the centre of the pack to just head Medicean Man on the line.
He belatedly went one better in a handicap at Chelmsford five months later (off a mark of 102) and began his 2016 campaign with a fair sixth at Meydan in March. He filled the same position when running in the King’s Stand Stakes (beaten two lengths at 50-1) for a fifth time.
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