River Dances To Victory

May 20, 2018

It was confident connections that headed to Cranbourne with Riverdance Lad on Friday night, the lightly raced four-year-old having always shown a liking for rain affected going.

At just his second outing last winter, the son of Group One sprinter Master Of Design was runner up on a heavy track and in mid-April went close on a slow surface at Seymour.

Which is why he was amongst the main fancies second up at Cranbourne and it was an easy watch - the bay always travelling sweetly third along the rails with Regan Bayliss aboard.

Getting off the fence turning, Riverdance Lad was soon into the clear, wearing down the two leaders and getting clear from the 200m to record the second success of his ten start career.

Unplaced only once (a fourth!) during that time, he has proven to be a lot of fun for his owners headed by his breeder Ross Hennessy.

"He was fantastic first up on soft so we were confident today," said the stable's Beth Schoen whilst Bayliss was also sure of a bold showing having spied how good the horse looked in the mounting yard.

"He was presented so well," he said, "he looked terrific."

"He had been knocking on the door," he added, "and got through the ground really well. He is a very honest horse which is half the battle and I think there is more in stor for him."

Riverdance Lad is the first foal produced by the Golden Snake mare Waltzing Lily who unfortunately made it to the track on only one occasion. A half-sister to the stakes placed ten times winner Diggersanddealers, she was served last spring by the Melbourne Cup winner Americain.