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KILDRUM. 22 February 2013. Milan-Close Flame.

Another of our recent acquisitions is the seven year old gelding Kildrum, he is the first racecourse representative of the unraced Westerner mare Close Flame, his sire Milan who is a noted for providing high class National hunt horses was the St Leger winner back in 2001. To date Kildrum has raced in nine point to points, and a further six times under rules. Kildrum began his racing career in the yard of Brian F McCarthy, he made his debut in a four year old maiden point to point at Boulta in Ireland, in December 2017, finishing second. It would be a further four months until he was seen again, this time at Quakerstown, where once more he showed promise to finish third.Two weeks later at Rathcannon he once again showed his consistency, by taking the runner up spot. In May he made his rules debut in Novice Hunters Chase at Tipperary, but found the step up in class too much, coming home a well beaten seventh of the 11 runners.

He didn't reappear until February 2019, when back in a point at Kildorrery he finished second again, and two weeks later at Lingstown he was forth. A further two runs in March, and April saw him finish second and third, before a return to Tipperary in May to once again tackle Novice Hunters under rules, where he came up short, finishing sixth of the eight. Kildrum returned at Moig South in November, and once again showed his consistency when finishing third, and then at Mainstown in December he came the closest yet to winning a race, when going down by just a head.His final race for the McCarthy yard was in a maiden hunters chase at Limerick in December, but he dropped away from three out, once more in better company.

Kildrum next appeared in January 2020, now in the care of the Michael J McDonagh yard, in Shannon, County Clare, where he ran in his first handicap chase off a mark of 90 at Naven, but he never got competitive, coming home ninth of the 16 runners.In February he made his hurdles debut, but got no further than the first when coming down.His final race to date was at Limerick in March just before lock-down, when unseating in a handicap chase when well beaten in third place.

Kildrum has done all of his racing over three miles in soft or heavy ground, and when running in his own class has proved admirably consistent, so there is every hope that he will give his new connections some exiting days ahead.

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