Nigel and connections were considering two races for Cadabra on the weekend: one at Caulfield on Saturday and one at Cranbourne on Friday night. It was decided to target the Cranbourne race to give her the best chance of a win, and win she did.
In-form rider Beau Mertens took the ride. Her position mid race on the rails had us a little worried, through no fault of Beau’s. But rather than panic and push Cadabra out into the open or try to make something out of nothing, Beau patiently angled her out across heels at the top of the short Cranbourne straight, knowing Cadabra has a nice turn of foot.
This patience and balance was rewarded, with Cadabra finishing powerfully to run down Millie The Missile who had sprinted well in to the lead.
Cadabra is by RED GIANT, a son of GIANT’S CAUSEWAY and world record holder for 1 1/4 miles and dual record holder for 2000m. Red Giant stood a couple of seasons at Westbury Stud in New Zealand, and this filly was bred by Westbury Stud’s principle Gerry Harvey.
Out of the FASTNET ROCK mare SYMPHONY ROCK, Cadabra is owned by Jen Campin and a group of clients headed by Ian and Karyn Lewis. Another good example of a partnership coming together to bring a New Zealand-bred horse across to Melbourne for the better prize money.
“This filly is showing a lot of potential. I still think she is a preparation away from reaching that potential. So we will target one more race this time in, most likely at Flemington on Anzac Day.” – Nigel