Scandal Keeper added another notch to his first crop winner count with Haldeman at Ascot on Wednesday.
The Shane Edwards trained Haldeman was suited by the step up to 1400m in the Westspeed 3YO Hcp (1400m). He came from the second half of the field to score by a half-length from the favourite Let’s Lighten Up (Conatus).
Haldeman (3g Scandal Keeper – She Can Tango by Danehill Dancer) is part-owned by Edwards with Air Horse Transport manager Chris Calthorpe. She Can Tango won her maiden at Pinjarra in January 2004 when trained by Lou Luciani. The dam’s family is devoid of black-type and Calthorpe bought her for just $2,250 at a Perth Magic Millions Sale in April 2007.
Scandal Keeper (Danzig) has been represented by four runners from a one-off season in the Eastern States in 2007. Three of them have won headed by star Victorian sprinter Zamorar and the fourth is Darren Weir’s promising colt Royal Butler who was runner-up at the Stawell Gift meeting on Easter Sunday.
Scandal Keeper moved to Yarradale Stud in 2008 and his first Sunspeed crop includes the stakes performed two year-olds Keeper Quiet and Secret Scandal.
Keeper Quiet (2f Scandal Keeper – Rosie’s Bungalow by Serheed) was runner-up to Luke’s Luck in the G2 Karrakatta Plate and she can turn the tables on him in the G3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Ascot this Saturday.
Edwards will saddle up Fine Copper in the WA Sires’ Produce Stakes for Yarradale Stud owner Ron Sayers. The Soldier’s Tale filly came from last in a 16 horse Karrakatta field to finish within three lengths of Luke’s Luck.
Scandal Keeper (USA) is a three-quarter brother to the dam of Sepoy. He stood for a $4,400 service fee at Yarradale last year.