Rapscallion on Next Step to Glory

Jul 27, 2012

Courtesy of The Examiner 27/07/12 - Greg Mansfield. THREE-year-old gelding Rapscallion was always going to find it hard to live up to the expectations that go with being related to a superstar. But the half-brother to million-dollar-earner Lady Lynette has at least taken the first step, winning a maiden at his fifth start in Launceston earlier this month.

At Spreyton on Sunday he will try to take another, when he tackles a handy field of class 1 horses in the Richmond Concepts & Print Plate.

Leading trainer David Brunton isn't getting carried away with Rapscallion's future prospects but does expect him to win at least another two or three races.

''He'll always be one of Lady Lynette's poor relations but he is only lightly raced and is improving all the time,'' Brunton said.

''We'll just keep plodding along and see where it leads.''

Rapscallion, who cost $25,000 at the 2010 Tasmanian Magic Millions yearling sale, is raced by several of Brunton's regular stable clients, as well as family members.

One of the part-owners, Bruce Craig, had gone 18 months without a winner until Rapscallion finished strongly to beat My Cool One and Benditlikebeckett in a three-way photo-finish at Mowbray on July 1.

Although the margin was small, it was a good effort considering it was only the gelding's second run after a six-month break.

Spreyton trainer David Miller will also produce a well-bred gelding in Sunday's 2YO Maiden.

Darchill is the first foal of Miller's former top filly Darcenell, the 2005 Gold Sovereign Stakes winner who went on to complete the Strutt Stakes - Tasmanian Oaks double the following season.

A son of group 2-winning Danehill stallion Churchill Downs, Darchill looked impressive winning a barrier trial at Spreyton 10 days ago when he sat wide and went to the line under a strong hold.

Miller also has winning prospects with consistent sprinter Zellarcy in the Kelsand Saddlery Repairs Handicap.

The six-year-old didn't have things go his way at the same track a fortnight ago when had to be ridden hard early to get across from a wide barrier.

He found a position outside the leader before taking the lead at the 600 metres but raced too keenly and was a spent force half way up the straight.

Kelvin Sanderson, who has won four races on Zellarcy, returns to the saddle this week.