Ndaawi gains second career win

Cracksman’s juvenile son holds on gamely to win at Epsom

Ndaawi, a two-year-old son of first season sire Cracksman, gained his second career success from three starts when winning the Derby “Wild Card” conditions race at Epsom on Sunday, 25 September.

Trained by Andrew Balding, the bay colt sat handily behind the leader and under David Probert he was then ridden to lead from two furlongs out before holding off a late challenge from the filly Cite d’Or to score by a neck in the eight and a half furlong contest.

Ndaawi, who is owned by Mr Sultan Ali, next target could be the G3 Zetland Stakes at Newmarket or he could head off to Doncaster later in October to take his place in the G1 Futurity Trophy in which he holds an entry.

Bred by Rabbah Bloodstock, Ndaawi is out of the Stakes-winning mare, Mount Elbrus (Barathea). She has bred 9 winners, including Listed winner Lava Flow who is the dam of the European Champion juvenile Pinatubo.

Cracksman, a European Champion at three and World Champion at four, is the sire 11 individual winners from his first crop, including Stakes-winning filly Dance In The Grass, Listed-placed fillies Aloa and Crackovia and dual winning filly Petra.