It’s spring and that means you need to be backing a High Chaparral (IRE) and those punters who stuck with his high class staying son Descarado (5g High Chaparral x Karamea Lady, by Lord Ballina) in the Group I MRC NZB Caulfield Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday were well rewarded.
The Gai Waterhouse trained gelding was allowed to slide forward and lead by Nash Rawiller at his second run back from a long spell and defied all challengers in the straight to win the 2000 metre weight-for-age contest by half a length.
“That was brilliant, a brilliant ride from Nash and brilliant from the horse,” declared Waterhouse.
“He’s come right at the right time, his coat has come through and he’s carrying more condition than ever.”
Second in the Group I AJC Australian Derby as a three year-old, Descarado hit the heights at this time last year when winning the Group I MRC Caulfield Cup, before finishing second in the Group I VRC LKS Mackinnon Stakes to the great champion So You Think.
His target this year has always been the Cox Plate and appearances would indicate the five year-old is being trained to the minute.
“He’s a very good stayer and I’m just rapt to see him back to his best and if he comes out in two weeks time and blows them away in the Cox Plate I won’t be at all surprised,” said Rawiller.
Withdrawn by Windsor Park Stud from the 2008 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, Descarado started his racing career in New Zealand before being purchased privately by clients of the Gai Waterhouse stable and now has the overall record of five wins and seven placings from 21 starts with prizemoney of $2.6 million.
Descarado is one of six Group I winners for English Derby winner High Chaparral and is one of 11 winners for his dam Karamea Lady, who was 18 years old when she had him and whose previous best offspring was Group III Grafton Cup winner Simigan.
High Chaparral is currently in Australia serving his second book of mares at Coolmore having previously shuttled from Coolmore headquarters in Ireland to Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand.
The son of Sadler’s Wells was the busiest sire in Australia last spring covering 235 mares and stands this year at a fee of $99,000.