Trainer Paul Messara gave his Twitter followers a winning tip for Vadashan before the Sydney Carnival Hcp (1600m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
“Keep your eye out for Vadashan tomorrow,” Messara tweeted on Friday. “He’s still very raw but has talent and will keep improving.”
Vadashan finished strongly to score by a half-length and, in view of the heads-up, he lobbed at the surprisingly good odds of $13. “He’s a lovely horse,” Messara added as Christian Reith brought the Redoute’s Choice colt back to scale. “He’s handled everything so far and it’s still only his first preparation.
Messara trains the winner for Arrowfield Stud, Saeed Naser Al Romaithi and Renata Coleman. He was a $440,000 purchase by Chantilly Bloodstock at the 2011 Inglis Easter yearling sale and was bred by Arrowfield in a joint venture with The Aga Khan.
Vadashan will be set for the G1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on April 13. “He’s still learning but I’ve always had him pencilled in as my Derby horse,” Messara said. “He’s beautifully bred and won’t have any trouble getting a trip.
“As long as he keeps learning how to race, he will continue to get better. At present, he gets away and then almost waits for them.”
Vadashan’s dam Vadsalina was a 2YO Listed winner of the 2007 Prix Isonomy at Saint-Cloud and she is a half-sister to G1 Prix Saint-Alary winner Vadawina.
Vadsalina died last September. She has a 2YO colt named Vandenberg (Flying Spur) and a yearling colt by Starcraft in the Arrowfield draft for the 2013 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.
Redoute’s Choice colt on a mission to Australian Derby