Haradasun has really been hitting his straps in the past month and his fifth first-crop winner arrived when Royal Rada bolted clear for a highly impressive debut at Bairnsdale on Monday
Royal Rada (2g Haradasun – Royal Emerger by Flying Spur) was heavily backed into a short priced favourite for the Racingnetwork Maiden (1100m) and never gave his supporters a moment for concern.
Jumping smartly for Danny Nikolic, Royal Rada cruised to the lead and controlled the race before skipping away over the final furlong to win by nearly four lengths in 65.29s. That was a second faster than the older horses in the following race.
“He’s a really nice horse and I like him,” trainer Clinton McDonald said. “He’s always had a very good attitude and I could have had him out earlier, but I just wanted to look after him. He has a future.”
Royal Rada was a $75,000 purchase from the Bell River Thoroughbreds draft at the 2011 Inglis Premier yearling sale and is the first foal of a half-sister to G1 SAJC Adelaide Cup winner Demerger.
Royal Rada is the fifth Australian first crop winner for Haradasun who was G1 winner at Randwick, Rosehill and Royal Ascot. Three of them have come this month including the recent Gai Waterhouse trained Wyong winner Kabayan.
Haradasun (Fusaichi Pegasus) stands at a fee of $16,500 at Coolmore Stud.