Sadler has confidence in Cheerful Legend
John Sadler is banking on a drop in distance to see his two-year-old colt Cheerful Legend (Shalaa) back in the winner’s enclosure at Caulfield tomorrow. Successful over 1200 metres at Moonee Valley in February, Cheerful Legend found the 1400 metres too far when fourth behind Lightsaber (Zoustar) in the Sires’ Produce (Gr 2, 1400) at Flemington on March 6. Cheerful Legend runs in the Neds Handicap (1200m), for which he is the $3 favourite with TAB. “I didn’t think going into the race that it (1400m) would be a concern at all, I felt very confident that he would handle it,” Sadler told RSN.
“But the more you look at the replay, I thought the horse ran really well but didn’t quite get the trip, so he’s back to the 1200 (metres), which he gets, and he gets strongly. He’s in pretty good shape.” Sadler’s confidence has also been buoyed by the scratching of South Australian visitor Brother’s Shadow (Niagara), a winner of two of his three starts in Adelaide. “That makes it that little bit easier and he (Cheerful Legend) looks the one they have to beat,” he added. Sadler has prepared 14 winners from his last 50 runners, including a streak of six winners from eight starters.