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New Zealand’s hot young sire Savabeel continued his successful run across the Tasman on Saturday with his son Zara Dancer (NZ) proving too good in the $100,000 Listed Frank Underwood Cup (1900m).
Trained by Jim & Greg Lee and ridden by Adam Hyeronimus, Zara Dancer (Savabeel x Blanchard) was allowed to stride to the front in transit and was full of running at the turn, maintaining his lead down the straight to win by a quarter of a length.
The victory was Zara Dancer’s first this preparation after contesting the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes, Group 1 George Main Stakes and Group 3 Craven Plate this season.
A winner of four of his 22 career starts, Saturday’s stakes victory was the five-year-old’s first at black-type level.
His sire Savabeel is having a strong season in Australia headlined by his Group 1 VRC Derby winning son, the Karaka graduate Sangster (NZ).
Now the sire of 12 stakes winners including Group 1 winners Scarlett Lady and Sangster, eight of these black-type winners have been on Australian tracks, where the son of Zabeel boasts a winners to runners ratio of 65%.
Bred by Graeme Rogerson and Windsor Park Stud, Zara Dancer raced in New Zealand where he had 15 starts for three wins and four placings under trainer Bruce Wallace before being taken to Australia.
The son of Savabeel was purchased by Wallace Thoroughbreds from Windsor Park Stud at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2008 Karaka Premier Sale for $200,000.
Cassini Takes Wanganui Feature
The Mark Oulaghan trained Cassini showed a massive turnaround in form on Saturday when winning the Listed Cambridge Thoroughbred Lodge Wanganui Cup (2040m).
Ridden by Lisa Allpress, Cassini (Reset x Mathematical) enjoyed an economical trip three back on the rail and was pushed by Allpress to contest the lead at the 250 metre mark, and in a blanket finish held off a
wall of horses to win by half a length.
Cassini had finished no better than twelfth in her previous two starts, the Group 3 Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes and Group 2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile, but her winning price of $6.50 showed that she was firmly on the punters radar and she clearly enjoyed the step up in distance to the 2040 metres.
Cassini capped off a good weekend for sire sons of Zabeel, being by the Group 1 winner Reset. Stakes placed as a three-year-old in the Group 2 New Zealand Bloodstock Royal Stakes and the Group 2 City of Auckland Cup last season, the win was her first at black-type level and she is the 15th
stakes winner for her sire.
Reset was in the top ten sires in Australia last season for stakes winners with nine and is having a strong spring with his daughter Pinker Pinker winning the Group 1 Cox Plate.
Bred by Doug Dean, Cassini was purchased by Gail Drought from Lyndhurst Farm at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2007 Karaka Premier Sale for $120,000. Now a winner of four of her 36 starts, Cassini has earned over $155,000 in stakes.
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