Tough win for Zenvo

Zenvo (Troy Harris) beating Honfleur (inner) in an all-Cambridge finish to the second race at Te Aroha yesterday.

Cambridge mare Zenvo has had a couple of tough runs this campaign, but she’s got a win on the board for her connections.

The Zacinto four-year-old broke through for her first win in her 10th start when taking the Stephen Ralph Racing 1400 at Te Aroha yesterday in the hands of Troy Harris.

But Harris wasn’t about to take any credit for the win after being trapped wide on Zenvo for much of the journey.

‘’It wasn’t my best ride, but she got the job done,’’ said Harris, fresh from a couple of major wins at Te Rapa last Saturday.

“Jason (Waddell) got stuck wide last time, too, and she was up there and came to the end of it. This time I was back and wide and she towed me into it and was too good.”

Zenvo was last in the early stages being improving three-wide a shade and was widest on the home turn then unleashing a strong finish down the outer to score by a half-length from Honfleur, who is trained by Tony Pike.

Evana Rahma, from Shaune Ritchie’s stable, fought on for third ahead of the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Oratia with the favourite, The White Queen, from Stephen Marsh’s barn, making it a clean sweep for Cambridge stables.

Zenvo was beaten a long head and a length and a quarter when third to Avondale over 1200m late last month and she picked up two seconds and a third in eight previous starts.

One of those runner-up placings was at Ellerslie 13 months ago and third home that day was Rondinella, who was so impressive when winning at Te Rapa last Saturday.

Zenvo is prepared at Cambridge by Trevor Cruz for owner Ben Kwok.