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Zayydani delivers on debut

Ruqqaya and her O'Reilly colt in 2015
Ruqqaya and her O'Reilly colt in 2015

The Trelawney Stud bred and owned Zayydani (Savabeel x Ruqqaya) made the best possible start to her racing career with an impressive win at Seymour on Thursday.

Ridden by Luke Nolen for the Lindsay Park Racing, Zayydani settled at the back of the field before Nolen made his move just before the home turn.

The response was immediate and the daughter of Savabeel put the race to bed in a matter of strides, hitting the line three and a quarter lengths ahead of Sacred Kiwi.

Despite winning a trial at Moe nine days ago, the ease of the win proved a pleasant surprise for co-trainer Tom Dabernig.

“I must admit she did not show a lot at home early, it took a little while for the penny to drop,” Dabernig said.

“We trialled her several times, that’s why we started her first up at a mile. She is clearly going to stay; she’s got a great set of lungs on her. 

“She travelled nicely in the run and let down sharply, so I think she has got a nice future. She’s got the pedigree there so I think she will just keep on improving.

“I think we will press on a little bit now, but she certainly will be targeted for something a bit nicer in the autumn.

“Well done to Trelawney Stud, hopefully, we can get a bit of black-type with her.”    

Zayydani was catalogued for the 2018 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale but was withdrawn when her half-brother Grunt reeled off four consecutive wins culminating in the Group One Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington.  

The Mick Price-trained son of O’Reilly would claim the Gr.1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington the following spring before becoming the foundation stallion for Yulong Farm.

Zayydani is the fifth foal and fourth winner out of the winning Van Nistelrooy (USA) mare Ruqqaya, a half-sister to 2012-2013 NZ Horse of the Year Ocean Park. 

Zayydani is also a half-sister to the recent Happy Valley winner King’s Man, and the stakes-placed Addison. -breednet.com.au, Trelawney Stud