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Zayydani retired

Class mare Zayydani. - Photo: Bruno Cannatelli
Class mare Zayydani.

Photo: Bruno Cannatelli

Trelawney Stud's impeccably bred Group Two winner Zayydani has been retired following her game fourth placing in the Gr.3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1800m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

The Ben and JD Hayes-trained daughter of Savabeel suffered a tendon injury and owner-breeders Brent and Cherry Taylor of Trelawney Stud made the decision to retire the five-year-old mare, who will go to stud in spring.

"Unfortunately the ride is over with Zayydani," Brent Taylor said. "She has strained a tendon. Ben and JD have done a wonderful job with her, as has Gary Fennessy and we are very proud of her efforts on the track.

"She will join our broodmare band and we look forward to her producing some beautiful babies."

Zayydani holds a special place in the hearts of the Hayes brothers, with the mare the first winner and first stakes winner for the partnership when winning a Listed race at Eagle Farm back in June last year.

Aimed specifically at the Gr.2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington last spring, the target was landed before further success followed in the Listed Ballarat Cup (2000m).

Fittingly Zayydani was ridden by Luke Nolen in her final start, with the two forging a real affinity as part of the winning streak.

A half-sister to Gr.1 Australian Guineas (1600m) winner Grunt, in addition to the stakes-placed Addison, Zayydani is from an outstanding Trelawney Stud family, with her dam a half-sister to Ocean Park. – NZ Racing Desk