On Sunday, Bendigo’s Rod Symons will saddle up a fascinating two-year-old in Crash Cranach at his home track in the $23,000 2YO Maiden Plate (plus $50,000 in VOBIS bonuses).

He will be the first ever runner sired by the uber-talented Lee Freedman trained racehorse and now Victorian based stallion Lucas Cranach (by Mamool).

The imported Lucas Cranach was a Group 2 winner both in Europe and Australia. But it was his eye-catching runs in the 2011 Melbourne Cup (3rd) and 2011 Caulfield Cup (5th) that demonstrated to racing aficionados what a fantastic specimen he was.

Lucas Cranach at the 2011 Emirates Melbourne Cup

Lucas Cranach at the 2011 Emirates Melbourne Cup

Rod Symons said his youngster Crash Cranach has done everything he has asked of him.

“He is a lovely horse and a lovely mover. Looking at him, I certainly wholeheartedly agree with others’ very solid assessment of the type the sire produces.

“I was going to tip him out after a trial at Tatura, but this is a good opportunity to give him race experience and its at his home track.

“He will have just this race then go out for a spell. He will come back for a new preparation stronger and benefit from the races being a bit longer.”

Crash Cranach was bred by Bullarook Park Stud at Avenel, which is where his sire now stands as a stallion. He is out of the Danehill Dancer mare Dancing Darl.

Lucas Cranach (GER), standing at Bullarook Park Stud, Avenel

Lucas Cranach (GER), standing at Bullarook Park Stud, Avenel

By the end of the 2016 breeding season, Lucas will have three crops and nearly 200 foals on the ground giving him a good foundation to carve out a career as a successful stallion.

The progress of Lucas Cranach certainly further adds to the Victorian breeding industry’s strong push to produce staying types.

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