Smart three-year-old gelding Kabayan (Haradasun – Tarlaquena, by Don Eduardo) became the first stakes winner for Coolmore Stud stallion Haradasun (Fusaichi Pegasus – Circles Of Gold, by Marscay) with his emphatic victory in Saturday’s Group 2 Stan Fox stakes over 1500 m at Rosehill.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained galloper finished a narrow second to Lady Of Harrods in the Group 3 McNeil stakes at Caulfield on September 1 before finishing a disappointing fifth in the group 1 Golden Rose at Rosehill a fortnight later.
However, Kabayan enjoyed softer conditions at Rosehill, which helped the Gooree Stud-bred gelding snap a four-race losing streak. Jockey Nash Rawiller was able to find him a comfortable spot midfield after he was caught wide early while his main rival, the Peter Snowden-trained Albrecht (Redoute’s Choice – O’Giselle, by Octagonal) worked around the field once jockey Kerrin McEvoy decided to put him into the race from the 600 metres.
Rawiller drove Kabayan between horses early in the straight before the Group 1-placed prospect surged clear of his opposition to score by 1-3/4 lengths.
Kabayan’s dam Tarlauquena (Don Eduardo – Tropical Affair, by Danehill) is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Matras (Zabeel – Tropical Affair, by Danehill) as well as the Stakes-placed Ashikaga (Fusaichi Pegasus – Tropical Affair, by Danehill).
The first two-year-old race of the new season will be run tomorrow when the $75,000 Fitton Insurance Hopeful Plate, run at Toowoomba over 1000m, opens two-year-old racing for the 2010-11 season in Australia on Saturday evening.
First-season sires with runners include Casino Prince, Haradasun and Court Command.
The race is scheduled to jump at 6.20pm and is Race three.
Kyria (2 f Encosta De Lago – Rhema, by Fusaichi Pegasus) ran the fastest time at Monday’s 2yo Trials at Canterbury, The Grahame Begg trained filly looked most impressive in winning her 900m heat by¬†two-lengths in the time of 54.89s.¬†Rhema is a winning half-sister to the 2005 Victoria Derby winner Benicio while her grand-dam Mannington is a stakes winning daughter of the Golden Slipper Stakes winner Bint Marscay.
Gerald Ryan’s My Shabella (2 f Haradasun – Risky Banter) ran the second fastest time of 54.90. She was pushed out to win her heat after racing wide throughout.
The fastest colt of the morning was the Chris Waller-trained Spirit Of Speed, (2 c Flying Spur – Miss Victoria), who won his trial in 55.00.
Darley produced several 2yo’s including¬†Knoydart, a More Than Ready colt who is the second foal from Group One Coolmore Classic winner Regal Cheer, who won his trial, and¬†Sessions, a son of Lonhro and brother to Group 2 winner Renaissance, who scored nicely while Hussonet colt Tatra was a narrow winner of his trial.
Other first season sires to produce winners were Patinack Farm based Husson (Arg), whose grey daughter Hussousa won by two and a quarter lengths in 55.38 seconds and Turangga Farm based Zizou, whose chestnut daughter Risky Blonde won by a nose in 55.82 seconds.
Team Darley were represented by a couple of smart types including the royally bred colt Knoydart, who finished his trial full of running to win by a length in 55.21 seconds.