Scandal Keeper a sleeper at Yarradale

Yarradale Stud’s roster ranges from old marvel Citidancer to new shuttler War Chant but there’s a sleeper named Scandal Keeper who could be the wild card at the Gidgegannup nursery.

Scandal Keeper (Danzig) was surplus to requirements at Darley and he arrived in Western Australian without any fanfare in 2008.  Lack of numbers has been a problem until now although that’s about to change with the emergence of his first crop star Zamorar.

Zamorar (3g Scandal Keeper – Chloris by Scenic) is ready for a step-up to stakes level after a commanding victory in the MVRC Programmed Property Services Plate (1200m) on Friday night.

The Butch Bourne trained gelding had finished a close second to top filly Hallowell Belle on debut and then spaced a Bendigo maiden before blitzing them at Moonee Valley.

“I was surprised with the ease that he got to front,” Bourne said.  “He’s a natural talent and is so relaxed.  We will see how he pulls up and, all going well, there might be a nice race for him over the carnival.”

Winning jockey Damien Oliver will stay on board Zamorar.  “He’s adaptable and can put himself into a race which is a plus,” Oliver explained.  “I think he’s got a future.”

Scandal Keeper (USA) has all the right connections to make the grade at stud.  He’s by super-sire Danzig and is a three-quarter brother to the dam of champion colt Sepoy.

Scandal Keeper was bred and raced by Sheikh Mohammed to a Newmarket 2YO victory from just three starts.  Yarradale owner Ron Sayers stands him for a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee.