FAMILY connections with a well-known Tarwin grazing property led Toora’s Stuart Storr to name his promising three year old stayer ‘Scadden’s Run’.
And he can certainly run.
Last Sunday, Stuart took the Frankie Stockdale trained gelding, by Sebring, to Turnbull Stakes Day at Flemington and the horse finished a creditable seventh, with a group of five horses only about three lengths off the winner Ayres Rock.
But as impressive as Ayres Rock was, finishing down the outside to tip out the leader, Tivaci, Scadden’s Run made up good ground on the leaders despite being hopelessly blocked for a run throughout.
“We really think he’s got a lot of ability and if we can get in the Derby field, we think we’ve got a real chance,” said Stuart before the race on Sunday.
The trick will, of course, be performing well enough in one of the lead-up races for three year olds, all of which are under the Victoria Derby distance 2500 metres, to gain automatic selection in the race.
“We had considered taking him straight to the derby if we did well today,” said one of the stable hands afterwards.
“But we’ll now have to look for another race in an effort to get him qualified.”
Sunday’s race didn’t go entirely to plan.
Scadden’s Run had a good trip down to Melbourne from Sale where he is trained and settled happily into stall number 115, incidentally right alongside the eventual winner. He also took the big Flemington crowd and the noise they generate in his stride; a good sign for the future.
To that extent it was a success.
Scadden’s Run had drawn barrier three in the 1800 metre UCI Stakes, which sounded good enough but when he stepped away slowly, jockey Steven King soon found a wall of horses crossing in front of him and it was back to plan B.
Saving ground as best he could King looked and waited for gaps which didn’t come and he finished on as best he could, blocked for a run, but clearly doing his best work at the end, as you would expect with a stayer.
Scadden’s Run came through the race in sound condition and will definitely be better for the run and could still claim a nice race, preferably around the 2000 metre mark, before the Melbourne Spring Carnival takes off in earnest, with the running of the time honoured Victoria Derby on Saturday, October 31.
Hopefully, the local hope will be listed among the starters with every indication he’ll be one of few in the race capable of running out what is a major staying test for three year old horses.