Canny Lad connection repays Raheen Stud

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Glenn Williams is on top of the world with his brilliant filly Karuta Queen.  The Sydney businessman bought her for just $30,000 at the 2010 Magic Millions and he returned to the Gold Coast to look for another bargain last week.

Among his buys was Raheen Stud’s filly by Canny Lad from Countess Dehere that sold for $70,000 during Session 5 on Sunday.

Canny Lad continues to sire stakes winners year after year.  His Melbourne based sprinter King Pulse is ready to return to racing after a long spell recovering from an accident at Flemington in March 2010.

King Pulse finished a close-up fifth in the G1 Newmarket Hcp which was run during a freak hailstorm.  He took fright after the race, broke free from his handler, crashed into a running rail and was later diagnosed with a dropped hip and floating bone chips in the shoulder.

King Pulse will be set for another crack at the G1 Newmarket on March 12.

Canny Lad built up a magnificent record at Woodlands before the Darley takeover two years ago.  He has sired 656 winners of 1925 races at a 67% strike-rate.  Among that total are 48 individual stakes winners of 89 stakes races.

The Canny Lad – Countess Dehere filly is the first foal of a mare that won twice at Toowoomba for Raheen’s Nolan family.

She foaled a Not A Single Doubt filly in September and it wouldn’t surprise to see her on the Williams shopping list at the 2012 Magic Millions.  Karuta Queen is by Not A Single Doubt and, not surprisingly, Williams is a big fan of the Arrowfield Stud sire.

Raheen also sold a Canny Lad – Seduction Line colt during Session 5 for $32,000 to Magic Millions as Agent.  His dam is an unraced Testa Rossa mare and she is a half-sister to the Flemington stakes winners Slipstream and Blazing Aspect.

Other Raheen yearlings to find new buyers during Session 5 were colts by Excites and Bradbury’s Luck.

The Excites – Special Package colt was purchased by Victorian owner Paul Rocke for $40,000.  His dam won two races in Victoria and she was also a close-up second in the 2005 Listed Oaklands Plate at Cheltenham.

The Bradbury’s Luck – Oh Best Beloved colt caught the eye of David Hayes and he paid $36,000 to take the grey back to Lindsay Park.  His dam foaled a filly by Raheen sire Publishing in November before being bred back to Canny Lad.