Scorpion on a roll

Kid Valentine (Scorpion) winning at Durrow point to point

A point-to-point double at the weekend continued an excellent few days for Scorpion.

Sam Curling saddled Kid Valentine (5g Scorpion-Supreme Nova, by Supreme Leader) to win by four lengths at Durrow on Sunday in impressive fashion (pictured). The five-year-old, bred by Mrs H R Dunn and owned by Tom Howley, is expected to make his mark under Rules.

“The Scorpion gelding caught the eye in the preliminaries and once being asked to quicken at the top of the track, he smartly put distance between himself and his nearest rival in a taking performance,” commented “From the family of Graded winner Simply Dashing (won 13 races over trips between 2m and 2m 4f) and out of a Supreme Leader mare, the bay gelding has a nice page and is sure to win plenty of races under Rules and looks a horse to follow under Rules where he should have the pace to drop back to middle distances.”

Meanwhile, at Dromahane the same afternoon, Kate Van Hall (5m Scorpion-Susie Van Hall, by Saddlers’ Hall) was saddled by her breeder Hilary McLoughlin to win by four lengths on her debut in the mares’ maiden.

At Newbury last week, the Nicky Henderson-trained Might Bite (6g Scorpion-Knotted Midge, by Presenting) ran out a 15-length winner of what looked a classy novices’ hurdle.

The Racing Post believe that the John O’Brien-bred winner, a half-brother to dual G1 winner Beat That (by Milan), rates a “very useful stayer in the making” and Henderson believes Might Bite will come into his own over fences.

“He will not be hanging around over hurdles because he´s a chaser, and that´s why we didn´t mind running in a novice hurdle at this stage of the season,” said Henderson.

Meanwhile, trainer Paul Nicholls has similar plans for It’s A Close Call (6g Scorpion-Sherin, by Surumu) following the six-year-old’s recent nine-length novices’ hurdle win at Taunton.

“The better the ground the better It´s A Close Call will be. He will probably go to Cheltenham´s April meeting next before he ends up going chasing in the autumn,” said Nicholls.

Bred by M Mahon, the €130,000 store purchase races in the colours of Graham Roach.

Scorpion is standing for €4,000 at Castlehyde Stud in 2015.

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