WITH his younger sibling occupying the headlines in recent weeks it’s time for Yambukian to step into the spotlight.
Yambukian is the older half-brother of Catch A Wave which blitzed his rivals in the Australian Pacing Gold Sovereign Final a fortnight ago.
Catch A Wave’s performance was so impressive he was instantly touted as one of Victoria’s most promising freshmen, with trainer Andy Gath admitting he has a big opinion of the two-year-old.
Also prepared by Gath, Yambukian has built an impeccable record, albeit with less fanfare.
Runner-up during his only start last season, the son of Bettors Delight in undefeated from four outings this term.
“Catch A Wave came out and caught everyone’s attention, but Yambukian has been doing it well too,” Gath said. “He’s a nice horse, but is still green.
“He’s got a lot of potential and I’d say in six months he’ll be a lot closer to the better ones in his crop.”
Yambukian’s perfect start to the season will be put to the test on Saturday night when he contests a Victoria Derby heat.
Not only is the three-year-old facing a sharp rise in class, Yambukian has drawn the second line – much to Gath’s dismay.
To be driven by Gath’s wife, Kate, Yambukian will begin from barrier nine.
“He probably can’t win from there,” Gath said. “These races usually favour the pegs and I can’t imagine he will be there.
“He’s stepping up in grade and the draw is against him.
“Hopefully he can finish in the top four to qualify for the Derby and then we hope for a better draw in that.”