The former Michael Freedman-trained Darhad, a graduate of Magic Millions yearling sale saluted at Hawkesbury racecourse on Sunday to become the third recent winner for the China Horse Club secured from Sledmere Stud yearling drafts.
Becoming another winner this season for Vinery Stud’s All Too Hard, the half-brother to Black Caviar, Darhad was purchased by Michael Freedman for $370,000 and is raced by China Horse Club Racing Pty Ltd, Vinery Stud, Bangaloe Stud, Mr L M Macri, Mr K J Pryke and Dr A Ibrahim.
Second on his two-year-old debut behind Madame Moustache, he backed it up at his next start when finishing third behind promising runners Champagne Cuddles and Ace High.
Fourth behind eventual Group 2 Sweet Embrace stakes winner One More Honey, Darhad was transferred to the Hawkes Racing team after that start as Michael Freedman accepted a position to train in Hong Kong.
As a three-year-old he was gelded and was given two good trials winning his second before a half-length second when resuming at Kembla Grange.
Following that up with a three-quarter length victory at Hawkesbury with Brenton Avdualla in the saddle, now that he has broken through for an important win, fingers crossed he now goes on with it for his connections.