Handsome gelding Valdhez (3g High Chaparral x Caserio, by Kaapstad) made amends for his last start failure when bounding away to win the 1400 metre Benchmark 80 event at Rosehill as he pleased.
An impressive debut winner for Kim Waugh at Canterbury last month, Valdhez left his admirers puzzled after his last start when he finished sixth of nine behind Testarhythm at Rosehill on July 2.
Firmer footing and a step up to 1400 seemed to his liking with Brenton Avdulla allowing the gelding to stride forward and sit outside the leader before surging clear to win by more than three lengths in a dominant display.
“He’s still a bit new,” Avdulla said.
“I don’t normally get to 53kg on my first day back from a break, but this bloke is worth it.”
Waugh said she was unsure of where Valdhez would head next, but was relieved to see him run up to his best.
“I feel vindicated. I left the track after he failed to run a place last start not knowing what happened,” Waugh said.
“I had a good look at him and he had pulled up well. I wanted to give him a chance to show us what he’s really capable of and he did that today.”
Valdhez is another smart type purchased by Victorian bloodstock agent Robert Roulston and was plucked from the 2009 NZB Premier Yearling Sale out the draft of Windsor Park for $110,000, the exact same price that was paid for High Chaparral’s champion son So You Think.
A winner of two of his three starts to date, Valdhez is a half-brother to New Zealand Group I winner Dorabella and Singapore stakes-winner Crusoe being one of four winners from the Kaapstad mare Caserio.
With his oldest progeny just four year-olds High Chaparral has had a phenomenally good season in Australia with progeny earnings in excess of $7 million putting him in third place on the Australian General Sires List.
The English Derby winning son of Sadler’s Wells will be back at Coolmore Australia this spring at a fee of $99,000.