The Gai Waterhouse trained Kabayan (2g Haradasun x Tarlaquena, by Don Eduardo) has been one of the major talking horses in Sydney over the last few months on the back of some eye-catching track work and when the wraps were finally taken off the Gooree Stud owned and bred two-year-old at Wyong on Thursday afternoon, he certainly didn’t disappoint.
Drawn wide (barrier 14 of 14) for his debut run over 1000m, Kabayan was still sent off at prohibitive odds of 1.40 to dismiss his thirteen rivals.
Breaking quickly, he showed good speed to sit outside the leader, travelling smoothly, through the early stages. Given a squeeze by jockey Tommy Berry at the top of the straight, he skipped clear in the manner of a very good horse to win with ears pricked by an ever increasing two length margin.
Trainer Gai Waterhouse has always had a high opinion of her charge.
“Kabayan is a superior two-year-old with a great attitude and he just loves his work. I will be targeting the G1 TJ Smith Stakes with him. I have a number of Haradasun’s progeny and all of them appear to be above average in ability,” she said.
Andrew Baddock, General Manager for Eduardo Cojuangco’s Gooree Stud was also effusive in his praise of Kabayan.
“He looks potentially top-class,” Baddock said.
“Gai has always maintained that he is one of her very best two-year-olds and he certainly impressed today. He’s the first foal of the mare and is a good strong horse that’s just kept thriving on his work. We have another one by the sire that also looks to have the makings of a really nice horse, so it’s very exciting.”
A son of the Don Eduardo mare Tarlaquena (NZ), Kabayan is closely related to smart performers Matras, Zutara and Ashikaga.
Kabayan is the 4th individual winner from the first crop of his sire, with all of these winners having come in the last four weeks.
Haradasun, who won his only start as a two-year-old in June, has a number of other well-bred progeny in major stables looking to make their mark in the coming months.
Progeny of Haradasun that are yet to race include two-year-olds with the likes of Peter Moody, Mark Kavanagh, Anthony Freedman and Robert Hickmott and many more.
Haradasun will stand the 2012 breeding season at Coolmore Australia at a fee of $16,500 (incl. GST)