Cadel Triomphs - again!
Dec 05, 2013
Patience has indeed proven a virtue for connections of exciting galloper Cadel Triomphe who could not have been more impressive when racing away to a very easy victory at Sale on Wednesday.
Catching the eye when charging home to salute at his Cranbourne debut in mid-October, the five-year-old was kept on the fresh side having suffered from a foot abscess in the meantime - and he did not get under anyone's guard; sent out a short priced favourite.
Patiently steered by Brad Rawiller, Cadel Triomphe settled last off a tardy start - heading to the outside fence at the 500m and putting on display his terrific turn of foot in the run home.
Saluting by a soft 5¼ lengths, Cadel Triomphe excites Michale Kent who is looking forward to further summer success with the son of Cambridge Stud based Keeper.
"I really like him," he enthused, adding that "there are some beautiful races around for him at this time of year."
"We will give him a couple more runs," he continued, "then put him away and hopefully do something in the spring with him."
Brad Rawiller was much taken by Cadel Triomphe's performance - "he is exciting," he said - "I have never been so confidence so far off them. He was just never going to get beaten."
“I had so much horse underneath me. He just cantered home basically.”
Kent has been happy to give Cadel Triomphe the time he has needed to mature, noting that the well related gelding has just had "a few growing pains."
"Guys like George Hanlon used to really develop stayers," he noted, "but now we go to Europe and buy theirs already developed!"
"Cadel Triomphe," he said, "reminds me of that old-fashioned NZ bred stayer that used to win all of our big races. You don't see them much anymore - they are hard to find."
A NZ$120,000 NZ Ready To Run purchase at two, Cadel Triomphe is raced by Mark Casey, Janine Casey, Douglas Mclennan, Michael Kent, Sean Duke, Andrew Wade and Jana Kadlckova.
He is a son of the Sir Tristram mare Libra Belle, a half-sister to the dual Gr.1 winner Wonder Dancer and 3/4 sister to the seven times Group winner Tri Belle from the prolific New Zealand "Belle" family.