Smart win from debut pacer for Kentuckiana Lodge
Cardinal Sin was as impressive as any maiden has been so far this season in winning at Addington on debut, and one Cran and Nathan hold in high regard.
The Bettor’s Delight son of former smart pacing filly Opulent (18 wins, 24 placings) showed some class in devouring a maiden field at headquarters last Friday night, getting the stable thinking about his future prospects at a much higher level.
Arguably, he’s out of a family that could well be considered the strongest bloodline in harness racing over an extended period. Dam Opulent is a daughter of Imprint (3 wins), a daughter of Impish (1:54.9, 6 wins), who, of course, is a daughter of champion breeder Smarty Pants (10 wins).
It’s an incredible family tree. Smarty Pants, a wonderful race-mare in her own right for owner-trainer-breeder Peter Van Der Looy, left New Zealand’s first-ever sub 1:50 pacer in Smart Son (Holmes Hanover) who’s career in the United States peaked with a 1:49.6 time after being exported out of the Ian and Malcolm Shinn stable in the early 1990’s to Australia, then on to America. He was bred by the late Wayne Francis.
Another Holmes Hanover colt, Vanderel, was an amazing horse for Van Der Looy, he won 14 of 73 starts and took on the country’s best two-three-and-four-year-olds in all the classic age-group races, a tough-as-teak, no-nonsense character who was often driven hard to ensure the pace was a hot one. He loved a scrap.
And there, right there, is where you say Cardinal Sin, a horse Cran says “has great stamina” could well be finding it from.
Even further back to fifth dam Smart Doll and Van Der Looy had some great success with a bunch of good colts, the first big hit on the racetrack being filly Smarty Pants, then a row of colts, Paxton, Kincaid, Grobbelaar, and Sherlock.
Opulent, by Christian Cullen, won the 2012 Caduceus Club Fillies Classic at Group One level at Alexandra Park for co-owners and trainers David and Catherine Butt, also taking out a Sires Stakes heat at Addington. She would have just seven New Zealand starts before being heading to Perth to do all her Australian racing in Western Australia, winning 15 and placed 23 times for $177,607.
She returned to the Butt’s Birchbrook Breeding Ltd in Canterbury and first foal Cardinal Sin was sent through the sale ring, Cran Dalgety paying $64,000 for the striking colt.
“We think he’s the sort of horse that will emerge later in the season quite strongly,” said Cran.
“Gives you the impression he’s going to be a better horse again post-Christmas.”