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.
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.
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.