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Chaldean broke his maiden in only the second race of his two-year-old season. His next run saw him take on the Gr.3 Acomb Stakes at York on the 17th August. Sent off the second favourite he rallied bravely in the closing stages to deny Irish raider Indestructible to win by half a length.
Juddmonte's Racing Manager Barry Mahon commented: ""He's a lovely horse and Andrew [Balding] has been very happy with him since he joined him in February," said racing manager Barry Mahon. "He's very straightforward, he's done it well and he was gutsy. Ryan [Moore] feels like he'll step up to a mile on his next start, which is good, so we'll get him home and see what's available and make a plan from there."
Chaldean's next start, less than a month later saw him face Invincible again as well as Silver Knott who had placed fourth behind him in his maiden win at Newbury, in the Gr.2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster. Making all, Chaldean was asked to stretch with three furlongs remaining and reached the winning post three and a half lengths ahead of Invincible.
Trainer Andrew Balding commented: "He's in the [Gr.1 Prix Jean-Luc] Lagardere and there's the [Gr.1] Vertem Futurity back here, so we'll have a discussion with the owners and their representatives and come up with a plan. He'll certainly stay a mile, but he's not slow and that's what you want in a class horse. He's a high-class horse in the making."
Chaldean is a rare Juddmonte purchase, having been acquired at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale for 550,000gns in 2020. He was bred by Whitsbury Manor Stud out of Suelita, a multiple-winning half-sister to Gr.3-placed Outer Space and Ayr Missile, dam of Gr.2 Lowther Stakes winner Living In The Past. He is a half-brother to Gr.2 winner Alkumait, stakes winner The Broghie Man and stakes performers Get Ahead and Gloves Lynch.