Partnership now chasing Group Two honours

Zonza, who will be attempting to add further success to the week for the Zaviera camp. (Photo: NZ Racing Desk).

Zonza, who will be attempting to add further success to the week for the Zaviera camp. (Photo: NZ Racing Desk).


Karaka owners Brendan and Jo Lindsay are hoping tonight’s success with Zaviera at Ellerslie will be an entrée to a more important triumph this weekend.

Cambridge trainer Roger James prepare the Lindsay bred and raced Zaviera, who raced away to a two and three-quarter length win in the Lindauer Maiden 2200.

It was Zaviera’s fourth start and, after two placings followed by an eye-catching sixth over 1600 metres at Te Aroha, she relished the step up to a suitable staying test, being a daughter of Zabeel.

Zaviera is from the one-race winning Flying Spur mare Riverine and was the first of the three wins on the night for jockey Leith Innes, who is contracted to ride the Lindsay team.

Innes will again climb aboard a James runner, Zonza, for Lindsay at Te Rapa on Saturday in the Gr. 2 $100,000 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) and, like Zaviera, Zonza is a daughter of Zabeel.

Zonza is a winner at Te Rapa and is fresh-up since returning from a one-race Melbourne trip in which she finished ninth in the Gr. 1 Momentum Stakes on November 8. Her two previous runs this campaign had been at the Hawke’s Bay Spring Carnival for a fifth in the Gr. 1 Windsor Park Plate and a fourth to Costume in the Gr. 1 Livamol Classic.

Zaviera’s win tonight came at the expense of the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Kechika. But the latter stable celebrated a win two races later when Red Robyn raced away to a convincing win in the Ezgo Golf Cart Rentals Maiden 1400.

Ridden by Opie Bosson, Red Robyn had been placed in three of her previous five starts and was second-up after a sixth to the highly promising Ocean Emperor at Te Rapa on November 23.

Red Robyn is a three-year-old half-sister to the ill-fated Lion Tamer, whose wins from the Baker stable included two Group Ones – the 2010 Victoria Derby and the 2011 Underwood Stakes. Red Robyn is raced by Phil Bayly, who also raced and bred Lion Tamer.

Cambridge won the first three races tonight, easily landing the second event when the Tony Pike-trained Snowdrop followed up an impressive win at Te Aroha with a length and three-quarter victory in the First Global Logistics 1200.

Snowdrop is a daughter of the multiple Group One winner Daffodil and is raced by her breeders, Gary and Mark Chittick. She was ridden by Innes, who also picked up the final event on the six-race programme with the hot favourite Vavasour.

Trained by Peter and Dawn Williams at Byerley Park, Vavasour distanced her rivals and looks a filly with a big future over ground. She is by Redoute’s Choice from Valpolicella, who was trained by Roger James to win three races, including the 2008 Gr. 3 Oaks Stud Manawatu Classic and the 2007 Listed Network Visuals Champagne Stakes.