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Hydrogen Set For Debut

Friday, 30th May 2014

The beautifully bred Hydrogen (Galileo-Funsie, by Saumarez) will make his long awaited debut at Newmarket on Friday, report 1.skysports.com. Hydrogen is a three-quarter brother to Derby winner Authorized and was the most expensive yearling sold anywhere in the world in 2012 when owners Qatar Racing Limited purchased him for £2.5 million at Tattersalls in October of that year. The Galileo colt failed to make it to the track as a juvenile with trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam forced to rule out a run at Newbury last autumn following a dirty scope. He then damaged his hock in a stables accident. David Redvers, racing manager for owners Qatar Racing, reports Hydrogen to be back in good health, with Chapple-Hyam and jockey Jamie Spencer more than satisfied with his condition ahead of his first public appearance in the Lloyds Bank Commercial Maiden Stakes. "Hydrogen has been pleasing Pete and Jamie a great deal ahead of his belated debut," said Redvers. "He has had two setbacks - one major and one not so major - over the last 12 months, the latter one being when he kicked the wall of his stable and damaged his hock quite badly. That all seems to have settled down now and we are optimistic that he will make a bright debut ahead of going on to bigger and better things." Hydrogen still holds an entry in the Investec Derby on Saturday week and, remarkably, Qatar Racing's Sheikh Fahad al Thani has not totally dismissed the possibility of running in the Classic. "He'll run tomorrow and we'll see how we go. It's not a million to one him running (in the Derby). We've left him in there and he's going to tell us tomorrow if he wants to come to the Derby," added Redvers.

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