Impeccably bred filly Zayydani (Savabeel x Ruqqaya) maintained her unbeaten record when she scored over 1600m at Seymour on Sunday.
Owned by her breeders, Brent and Cherry Taylor of Trelawney Stud, the three-year-old Savabeel filly is a half sister to multiple Group One winner Grunt (O’Reilly) who now stands at stud in Australia.
She is from the Van Nistelrooy mare Ruqqaya, the older half-sister of four-time Group One winner Ocean Park who stands successfully at Waikato Stud and has enjoyed a purple patch of form with his progeny of late including the Gr.1 Epsom Handicap winner Kolding (NZ).
Trained by David Hayes, his son Ben and Tom Dabernig, Zayydani looks to have inherited plenty of the family ability as she sustained a long run from back in the field to grind down eventual runner-up Petruchio (New Approach) over the final 100m of the contest to make it two wins from her first two starts.
Rider Luke Nolen was quick to praise the filly’s gritty effort.
“She was very good as she was stepping up to 64 (grade) as a three-year-old before Christmas and against the older horses is quite a creditable performance,” he said.
“She showed real determination which is a good quality to have in a horse.
“She is bred very well so I think we need to find her a city-grade race and then hopefully some black type off the back of that.”
Zayydani was catalogued for the 2018 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale but was withdrawn when her half-brother Grunt reeled off four consecutive wins culminating in the Group One Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington.
Trelawney Stud will offer a Tivaci colt out of Ruqqaya at the 2020 New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sales as lot 241. Click here to view his pedigree -NZ Racing Desk