WHEN he was a three-year-old, Strathdon showed himself to be a decent stayer in the making with notable form to classic star William Longsword and Gr1-placed Horizon, who was beaten under a length in the Vodacom Durban July.
Like many other Silvano’s, he’s taken a bit of time to mature and find his feet, but Strathdon has been a revelation this season and, first time over 2400m, stormed away from his rivals to win Saturday’s Listed Woolavington Stakes over 2400m at Durbanville under Richard Fourie.
Strathdon has only picked up five merit rating points for a hat-trick of wins and, with more improvement likely, chances are he still has a few lengths to spare on the handicapper. This means that there can plenty of action to come if trainer Justin Snaith decides to restrict him to handicaps for now.
On the way Strathdon won and considering his versatility, however, it won’t come as a surprise to see him as an understudy for some of his more accomplished stablemates in the bigger features next year. He certainly seems like one with the scope to go on to better things.
Bred by Alec Foster and raced by the Foster family, Strathdon is by Silvano from Wintersweet, by Western Winter. He’s won five of 12 starts.
Headline photo: Strathdon wins the Durbanville Woolavington. (Wayne Marks).