River Lad in Top Echelon

Ray and Rosemary Anderson were prepared to meet the market with a Top Echelon colt at the 2009 Capricornia Yearling Sale.

The couple placed a modest reserve on the youngster but, when bidding stopped just shy of $5,000, they took him back home to Childers.  For the sake of another nod, would-be buyers could have been racing River Lad who boosted his bank to $453,000 after winning the LR Gold Coast Stakes (1200m) last Saturday.

River Lad (5g Top Echelon – Ikeymo by Canny Lad) has now won 9 races in 26 starts for the Anderson-owned Sarna Syndicate and the Gold Coast sprint was his second black-type victory after the G3 Healy Stakes at Eagle Farm last year.

“I’m going to nominate him for the Stradbroke,” trainer Natalie McCall said.  “I will run him in the Bribie Handicap next and then look to the winter carnival.”

McCall and her father Ray won the 2006 QTC Cup with Messiaen (Celestial Dancer) and she believes that race will give her an idea whether River Lad is up to a race like the Stradbroke.  “The QTC Cup is an ideal race for him,” she said.  “He goes well at Eagle Farm and I would love to give him a chance at the elite level.”

The Andersons nominated River Lad’s younger half-sister by Court Command for last week’s QTIS Sale but she was withdrawn after suffering a jaw injury.  Their dam Ikeymo foaled a Rothesay filly in November.

This year’s Capricornia Yearling Sale is scheduled for April 14 and a total of 120 yearlings have been catalogued by the Central Queensland Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CQTBA).  They will be the only horses eligible for $100,000 Capricornia Sale 2YO Classic in 2014.

The latest updates for the 2013 Capricornia Yearling Sale are as follows:

Lot 4 – FEROCITY – FINE DIAMOND LADY Filly:  Half-sister to Diamond Heist who has added another placing to his record.  Surely due for a win next start.

Lot 50 – COURT COMMAND – NO SAY Filly:  Dam a half-sister to Show A Heart and Vacallo who has now won 5 races including his last two starts in the metro area.

Lot 67 – MUZDAHER – SATELLITE GIRL Colt:  Half-brother to Mythologist who is now the winner of two races after a last-start three length victory.

Lot 69 –  CHANGEINTHEWEATHER – SHE IS A LADY:  The family keeps producing with Counselling ringing up his second win last Saturday.

Lot 88 – CHEVAL DE TROY – AMBER TRAIL Colt:  His older half-brother Team Coffey debuted with a close second last Saturday.

The Capricornia Yearling Sale catalogue can be viewed at:   http://cqtba.com/yearling-sale-2013/

– Karl Patterson