Cadre Du Noir continues to mark himself as a progressive stayer after opening his stakes account in impressive style.
The Phoenix Thoroughbreds‘ trainee made every post a winning one under a great ride from Brenton Avdulla to land the Listed City Tattersalls Club Cup at Randwick. The dominating victory is a testament to the superb handling of the gelding by trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace. Formally trained in Europe, patience has been the key to Cadre Du Noir’s recent run of results, with Saturday’s win his second success on the bounce and his third overall at a distance of 2400m.
In truth, the connections of the winner ever had really had a moment’s concern. Avdulla would tell them post-race that he was full of confidence from the moment the horse headed to the start, relishing the under hoof conditions. The hoop indeed rode the horse that way, getting to the front from the gates and setting some modest fractions. Even when he was forced to go a little faster as a rival came alongside to try and force a quicker pace, the rider seemed unflustered and kept his mount in a nice rhythm. The writing for Cadre’s rivals was on the wall by the turn for home as he continued to relentlessly gallop on the bridle while many of the field were now being ridden. The further he went in the straight, the further the son of War Front moved away and after receiving just minimal urgings from the saddle, he was eased down close home to record a winning margin of just shy of five lengths.