Geld­ing bags sea­son’s first

Mercury (Hobart) - - RACING - PETER STA­PLES

WELL BRED geld­ing Le Cadeau de­fied a bet­ting drift to win the first two-year-old race of the sea­son in Launceston last night.

Le Cadeau came off a rea­son­able trial that en­cour­aged book­mak­ers to open hi at $8 but he was al­most friend­less in the bet­ting and started at $21, de­spite hav­ing reign­ing premier jockey Craig Ne­witt aboard.

The geld­ing by Statue of Lib­erty from the Ladoni mare Isn’t Life Strange trav­elled near the lead through­out but it wasn’t un­til the last 100 me­tres that he knuck­led down to his task and forged clear close to home.

He hit the line a halflength clear of En­trapped ($4.20) with Reite Den Blitz ($11) a close-up third and just ahead of Gee Gee Josie ($3.80).

The big money came for Gee Gees Teardrop, backed in from $6 to start the $2.90 favourite, but he set­tled too far back and made up ground late to fin­ish fifth.

Le Cadeau is trained by Leanne Gaffney, who didn’t at­tend the meet­ing and her son Clin­ton spoke on her be­half.

“We gave this one a trial here in Launceston three weeks ago and he did a good job to fin­ish third be­hind En­trapped, but we didn’t want to push him right out,” Gaffney said. “He came on af­ter that trial and tonight we were qui­etly con­fi­dent he would run well and Craig (Ne­witt) was keen to ride him.”

Ne­witt said the geld­ing still has a lot to learn but he liked the way he hit the line.

“He is very green, and I think he al­most held his breath for the whole 800 me­tres, but he was rea­son­ably well bal­anced, and he stuck his head out when it counted.

“He will learn a lot from this run, and I’d say he has a fu­ture.”

The Graeme McCul­lochtraine­d En­trapped ran on gamely and should also ben­e­fit from the out­ing and Reite Den Blitz from the Scott Brin­ton sta­ble cir­cled the field to be the widest runner at the top of the home straight. Reite Den Blitz ran on res­o­lutely, so she should head to the Alfa Bowl (1000m) provided she fully re­cov­ers from her de­but ef­fort.

SIDOROVA broke her maiden sta­tus cour­tesy of a bril­liant ride from An­thony Dar­manin in the 3YO Maiden (1200m).

Dar­manin urged the filly for­ward from a wide gate to have her one-off with cover be­hind the lead­ers af­ter trav­el­ling 200 me­tres.

The well-bred filly pow­ered home to win from dead­heaters As­cot Lad and Square Donut.

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