Big day out for Clangalang progeny on Wednesday (28 April), notching up a metropolitan double with Cruziero (Morphettville) and Lakedro (Sandown).
In terms of ‘impression’ it’s difficult to split the two: each won by three lengths and, while the 3YO Cruziero was making his debut, the year older Lakedro was scoring his second victory in eight days (and fourth overall from 10 starts).
Cruziero, who races out of the David Jolly stable in Adelaide, could hardly have been more noticeable in his first public appearance.
Sold by Eliza Park at the 2007 Great Southern Weanling Sale, Cruziero was bred by Melinda Bright and is out of the River Rough mare, Time Is Hope (who, coincidentally, is in foal to Magnus and has a Shinzig weanling colt).
Cruziero is a half brother to former top Sydney sprinter and 6-time winner Our Jetsetter, while Time Is Hope is a half sister to multiple Group winner Umah (9 wins inc. WATC Karakatta Plate-G1).
Meanwhile, Lakedro is the latest in a very long line of winners that have sprung forth from Greg Eurell’s Cadet Lodge at Cranbourne.
And, from the looks of it, Lakedro’s winning tally could easily have been greater than four.
Only having his first start last August, Lakedro finished with thirds at Kilmore and Ballarat before peeling off successive victories at Geelong (by six lengths) and Kyneton.
Tipped out for a spell, Lakedro hasn’t had the greatest of luck since resuming in February, featuring in the stewards’ reports with his eighth at Sandown and fourth at Moonee Valley.
But nothing compared to the ‘chapter’ they devoted to the horse following his second at Moonee Valley on 8 March when beaten less than a half length.
Lakedro then appeared in the Albury Cup (finishing sixth to Growl) before finally breaking through for a well deserved victory at Seymour on Tuesday (20 April), scoring comfortably over the 1600m.
Bred by Dennis Rose, Lakedro is out of the Nassipour mare, Enchanting Style and is from the family of European Group winner and successful Aussie sire, Lord Seymour, Caerwent, Marling, Marwell etc.
Notably, this was the third Clangalang victory at Sandown in a week following Reverberates last Wednesday and Mistaken Grace on Saturday.
PS. Can someone enlighten as to the origins of Cruziero? Thought at first he might be named after Tom Cruise, who also makes a lot of noise but doesn’t have as much substance as our ‘ero, however, google would suggest the name comes from an old Brazilian bank note or the football club Cruzeiro Esporte Clube. Yes, I know they are spelt differently.