Cadeaux proves breeding value

THE race track success of the Leo Clapham-owned Cadeaux was limited to a sole maiden win but as a broodmare she’s proving a valuable source of winners.

Tomorrow at Lismore two sons of Cadeaux, Border Loop and Yabbra, will look to continue the successful family tradition.

The two are owned by Brian Allom and Allan Greensill, who own timber trucks and a garage at Casino.

Five-year-old Border Loop tackles the DHA Rural Sales Benchmark 55 Handicap (1000m) and half-brother Yabbra the Byron Bay Manor Maiden (1100m).

Both horses will be ridden by Marlon ‘Rafa’ Dolendo.

Dolendo, based at Port Macquarie, picked up the nickname for his penchant for wearing brightly coloured bandanas, al la Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal.

Border Loop, by Great Dane, drops considerably in grade but has paid the penalty in the weights with 60.5kg.

“There just aren’t races for him, you have to start somewhere,” Clapham said.

“I probably should have put a three kilo claiming apprentice on but, oh well, I went with Marlon (Dolendo).

“Marlon rides pretty light.

“He’ll have to carry a lot of dead weight but he knows the horse well.

“Border Loop’s two runs since resuming have been good.

“He normally takes a couple of runs to reach his peak and he’s pleased me with what he’s done on the track given we’ve had limited access to grass at Casino.

“He handles Lismore and the track conditions (slow) will be in his favour.

“It’s a race he can win.”

Border Loop, placed in the Ballina Newmarket this year behind Desireux, was a last-start 1.3 lengths fourth to Lifebuoy in a 1000m Benchmark 70 Handicap at Ballina on January 24.

Four-year-old Yabbra, by Semipalatinsk, is expected to improve on his second career run when third to Latika in a 1000m maiden at Grafton on January 31.

“He’s another horse from Cadeaux and a full-brother to Gorrabee who won six races,” Clapham said.

“As a young horse he was very wayward and nasty too.

“He’d thrown riders off as high as a telegraph pole, bitten people and was hard to handle.

“We’ve had to spend a lot of time on him.

“He’s done real good since Grafton and should be hard to beat.

“He’s sprinting well. Later he’ll be better over 1400 metres.”

Clapham said another of the Cadeaux dynasty Keybarbin, an unraced three-year-old full-sister to Yabbra and Gorrabee, was showing enough early to suggest the filly could also continue the family’s winning ways.

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