Local trainer Neil King buys top price Canyon City as hurdle prospect
If you want a juvenile hurdler to follow into 2017, you could not do better than keep an eye on Canyon City - bought at the Tattersalls Ascot December sales (December 5) by local trainer Neil King.
King, who trains at Burderop on the north side of the Marlborough Downs, paid the sales' top price of £85,000 for the three-year-old colt Canyon City by Authorized and owned by Godolphin.
Canyon City has been trained in France by Andre Fabre and has been placed in all his six races. He finished second in four of those six races and ran last in October at Deauville in a maiden race - finishing third of nine runners in the twelve furlong Brocotte Maiden Stakes.
Neil King explained his on spec purchase: "He's shown a very high and consistent level of form on the flat in France on ground ranging from heavy to good. I loved the horse as an individual, he ticked all the boxes for me, and he's by the right sire to go juvenile hurdling."
Canyon City will be gelded and then schooled over hurdles in the New Year: "We're excited about his future and he will be aimed at the top end juvenile hurdle races after Christmas."
If you want more involvement than just keeping tabs on him at the bookies, you can buy a share in him - contact Neil King via his website.