Scintillating winner of his only two starts, Nivaldo was on course for a tilt at the Epsom Derby before a suffering a medical emergency in the lead up to his reappearance in the Dee Stakes.
Nivaldo won his debut impressively before defying a penalty and wide draw to follow up in scintillating fashion at Kempton. His racecourse performances and homework merited a supplementary Derby entry and we had to bat away strong interest from overseas purchasers. It was a devastating blow to lose him on the gallops one morning whilst he being prepared for the Dee Stakes, a recognised Derby trial run at Chester. Well bought at Baden Baden yearling sales by Jeremy for €60,000, he had established himself as potentially top grade and his form seems to have confirmed our faith in him.