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Big offers tabled for classy 2yo Bandana

10:10 PM 12 Jul 2013 NZST
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As expected the hawks are circling and they want a piece of Bandana meat.

Big offers have already been tabled for the ultra impressive 2-year-old Badlands Hanover colt - Bandana, who won his second lifetime start in a row at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday (July 11). He paid a paltry $1.40 to win. His Cambridge owner-breeder Roni Lauren has not committed one way or the other to the sale, and even though Bandana's trainer Sean McCaffrey would love to retain the gifted chestnut gelding, he said it made sense to sell him.

"Roni and Michael only came up here last Spring from the South Island, and they bought a house and property, so the sale of horse like this fella would help out a lot.

"He would go really well around those tight corners in Australia because he so well gaited and has the perfect pacing game. I hope he stays but it comes down to economics and I want what's best for the owners," McCaffrey said.

Bandana and McCaffrey toyed with their Cambridge opposition. They led and trailed early before whipping around to the front with one-and-a half laps remaining. They then cruised to the line winning untouched by three and a half lengths, pacing the 2200m mobile in 2.47.5 with final 800m and 400m sprints of 57.8 and 28.5.

Bandana's debut victory at Alexandra Park on June 28 was almost the complete opposite of how he won on Thursday. McCaffrey sat back that night and then launched him around the field at the 800m. They bolted in by six and three quarter lengths, winning in 2.47 even - last 800m in 58.7 and final 400m in 28.3.

"We don't know how good he is because this is just his second preparation. He's never got tired yet. We worked him from Spring to Christmas and now he's been back in work since March.

"What I do know is that he is very adaptable and laid back. Nothing fazes him. I told Roni in December that she had a very nice 2-year-old. He's a Badlands Hanover and he will only get better," McCaffrey said.

The 54-year-old Cambridge horseman said if he wasn't sold the Group One Sires Stakes Final at Addington in November was a target. "He's eligible for the Sires Stakes and it would be great to have a horse in that big 3-year-old race. I'll give him perhaps one more start this season and then another one early next season, and then I'll tip him out for a spell," McCaffrey said.

Bandana is the eighth foal out of Lauren's 16-year-old Soky's Atom mare, Savanah Blue Jeans, who only had four races for Patrick O'Reilly. A third at Banks Peninsula on debut was her best showing. Savanah Blue Jeans is one of three broodmares at Lauren's 30-acre block not far from Cambridge Raceway. The other two are Savanah Blue Jeans third foal - seven-win Badlands Hanover mare, Hannah ($52,829), and multiple Group One winner, the former Phil Williamson trained Allegro Agitato (22 wins and $529,854).

Bandana's older sister Vote For Me by Bettor's Delight won at Cambridge on June 27. She has now won one of her five starts.

by Duane Ranger (Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand)

Bandana winning at Cambridge on Thursday


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