Trentham next for unbeaten St Yazin

Cambridge trainer Chris McNab knows he’s got the opportunity to get another win from the smart three-year-old St Yazin before he loses him to Hong Kong.

St Yazin, a son of Keeper, extended his unbeaten record when ploughing through a wet track at Tauranga today to win the Windsor Park Karaka Yearlings 2012 3YO (1200m). In his other start he had raced on a good track at Ellerslie on December 3 and beat the promising Have No Mercy over 1200 metres.

“He’s got to get up to a Rating 85 to go up to Hong Kong,” said McNab. “He’ll run in the Wellington Stakes next time and that will be a good guide. If he wins that he’ll probably be an 85.”

A Ready To Run purchase, St Yazin is raced by Hong Kong businessman Richard Hui, who has enjoyed his share of success with horses in the McNab stable.

“He raced St Fevre and he’s had others with me, too,” said McNab. “Over in Hong Kong he raced New Trumps, who was fourth to Sunline in the (2000) Hong Kong Mile. New Trumps is now standing at Haunui Farm.”

St Fevre won one of his four New Zealand starts and was runner-up to The Heckler in the 2009 Group I Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes at Awapuni.

St Yazin has been ridden in both his starts by the stable apprentice Maija Vance, who had the gelding tracking the leader Bellapin for most of the way today.

Halfway down the home straight Trendy dived through along the inner to hit the front, but Vance was purposely holding St Yazin up for a last run and when she did ask for a final effort her mount kicked on strongly to win by a half length.

Trendy, also trained at Cambridge (by Anne Herbert), did well to hold on for second, a long neck in front of third-placed Shanghai Bund. Bellapin weakened to fourth and the hot favourite, Group One winner Rock ‘n’ Pop, struggled in the ground and was the last of the five starters.

Vance wasn’t surprised to see St Yazin go from a debut win on a good track to success in slow ground today.

“I’d galloped him in the wet a few times and he’d worked well,” said Vance. “He seems to handle all tracks. I didn’t want to go too early on him but I thought he’d get there.”