Spring has ended and with it the long and successful campaign of up and coming stayer Zoffany Rose has also come to an end. The 4yo daughter of Zoffany headed to the paddock this morning (pictured arriving for her spell) after a preparation that essentially kicked off in a 1400m maiden at Wangaratta in April. Fast forward 7 months and this vastly improved mare notched up 17 starts for 3 wins, 4 minor placings and another 6 top 5 performances in a preparation that saw her go from maiden grade to city competitive.
'Coral and I are thrilled with the way this mare has improved with racing, her best is still in front of her and we're looking forward to getting her back for a late autumn campaign'. Said David Feek.
'Not only has this mare worked through the grades at her first serious race preparation, she has shown us that she's up to that off season metropolitan class'.
Zoffany Rose will enjoy a good break over the early summer before coming back in to target the late autumn/early winter racing with the expectation she can graduate to a city winning mare in 2018.
Zoffany has proved to be a useful stallion for Feek Racing with Zoffany Rose and Senor Alf both winning progeny of the Coolmore owned entire and the stable recently acquiring another addition by the Group 1 winning son of Dansili.
'He (Zoffany) throws a nice type. I really like the breed, so much so that I purchased a ready to run by him at the Karaka Sales last month. He looks a big strong individual that might be at the races as an autumn 2yo'. Said Feek.
'He was athletic walker who is sound on x-ray and a posses a good temperament. With the Asian market targeting those popular stallions I though this bloke went for well under what he was worth'.
The horse in question, Lot 412 out of the recent NZ Ready to Run sale was secured by Feek Racing for just $28,000 (landed in Australia). The 2yo Gelding (below) is out of a 3-time winning daughter or Oratorio and hails from a family that has produced winners from 1000m to 3200m! The well put together individual arrived at Feek Racing this week and will have a month off before coming in to work for an early 2018 campaign and hopefully a race start before the season ends - call David Feek for more information - 0403 883 377.
Turning the attention back to the track and the team will be represented in Adelaide and Melbourne this week with last start Moonee Valley winner Tizso Wicked chasing black type over in Adelaide and impressive debut winner Magnorum targeting the Vobis money on Pakenham Cup Day.
After her all the way win at Moonee Valley on Friday night 6yo mare Tizso Wicked will head to Adelaide on Saturday for a throw at the stumps in the City Of Marion Stakes (1200m). She has come through the win in great shape and will tick over with some light work later in the week before heading across the border for some black type.
Back home and the speedy Magnorum will head to Pakenham on Saturday on the big Cup Day meeting, to target the lucrative BM70 for 3yo's over 1000m. The race carries an $80,000 prize pool with an additional $43,000 on offer for Vobis Gold registered horses. The 3yo son of Magnus was an impressive debut winner on his home track at Mornington almost 3 weeks ago and has trained on well since the win.
'He's an impressive individual who I think has a bright future. We've thrown him in the deep end a little this weekend, however it's such attractive prize money with the Vobis bonus and I don't think he'll be out of place'. Said David Feek
'He'll work on Wednesday morning to tune up for the weekend and if we can draw a gate I think he can be competitive'.
It promises to be a big start to Summer for Feek Racing an with 8 winners already this season the future looks bright for the Mornington based team.