Our Owner of the Month award winner for April is Esther Doel Henshall, part owner of Canford. Esther told us a little about Canford and his recent ups and downs:
As a connection of Canford, I have been overjoyed with his return to form. Ryan Balfour, his vets and staff have done a remarkable job creating and formulating a fitness and treatment plan for Canford’s niggling issues.
The transformation from a horse that may not have raced again after a devastating paddock injury to a horse in hot form has been a miracle. Bart Cumming’s adage, “patience is the cheapest thing in racing”, has certainly paid dividends with Canford. Who knows what the future may hold with Canford, but I’m simply chuffed to have an honest horse and am just enjoying the ride.
Canford after being injured had a break from racing for 46 weeks and returned with four starts without showing too much. He then spelled again to return 17 weeks later for a much more successful campaign notching 2 wins and 2 seconds and a third so far. Not bad, as Esther says, for a horse whose career was in grave doubt.
As his name suggests the six-year-old gelding is by Canford Cliffs winner of five Group 1 races in the UK. During his time in Australia, he has sired four stakes winners, the best of which is Cliff’s Edge, whose 8 wins have netted more than a million dollars.
Canford’s dam is Sorenstam (by Encosta Da Lago), she was a handy race mare winning 6 races and almost $300,000. Her other progeny include Canford’s full brother Wimborne who is still racing and has won 7 races and over $150,000.
The grand dam is the listed winner of 9 races Delgara (by Delgado) who in turn has left one stakes winner, the VRC St Leger claimant Inkster (by Umatilla). Altogether Inkster won five for almost $300,000.
The family has been associated with South East identity Ricky Bruhn for five generations and Delgara’s progeny include the handy mare Deltrice (by Keltrice) winner of 7 and dam herself of the twelve-time winning Bianconi gelding Conidel.
It’s great to see Canford back on the track and kicking goals again.