Bart Cummings produced another promising type with black-type potential when Norzita won the Woolworths Hcp (1300m) at Rosehill on Saturday. She was a $200,000 buy at the 2011 NZ Bloodstock Premier yearling sale at Karaka.
The Thorn Park filly completed a double for Cummings and part-owner Dato Tan Chin Nam after the earlier victory of Dragonzone at Kembla Grange.
Dragonzone (3g Pendragon – Zona by Zabeel) appreciated the step up to 2000 metres to power home in the Corporate Members Race Day Maiden. He looks a real staying prospect and the manner in which he ran through the line on Saturday franked that assessment.
Cummings had been frustrated getting the Pendragon gelding fit for longer trips after washed out meetings at Newcastle earlier this month. The Kembla win was all the more encouraging in view of the fact he was coming off a 35 day break.
Dragonzone is a younger half-brother to Champion 3YO Filly Faint Perfume (Shamardal). She was raced by Cummings and Dato Tan Chin Nam to win the G1 VRC Oaks and G1 STC Vinery Stud Stakes two years ago. The old-guard also raced second dam Danendri (Danehill) to G1 triumphs in the AJC Oaks and STC Arrowfield Stakes.
Dragonzone is owned by a syndicate comprising Dato Tan Chin Nam, Alan Jackson, Wilf Mula, Sir Patrick Hogan, Tunku Ahmad Yahaya and Russ Lazarus. He is the 10th first-crop winner by Pendragon and they have arrived a sky-high 77% strike-rate.
Pendragon (NZ) was a G3 winner at Caulfield and Rosehill. He is by Danzig sire Elnadim and Dato Tan Chin Nam stands him at Think Big Stud for an $11,000 (inc gst) service fee.
Pendragon’s second crop of two year-olds includes NZ based gelding Killarney Kid. He is trained by Rod Collett at Pukekohe Park and was a very impressive winner on debut at his home track in May.
Killarney Kid was bred by Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan and is raced by prominent owners David and Angela Paykel. “He goes really well and it was a bonus to win a two-year-old with him,” Collett said. “I don’t think he’ll be winning another one over 1200 metres.”
Collett was toying with the idea of starting Killarney Kid in the Listed Great Northern Foal Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie on May 28 but tipped him out with the three year-olds classics in mind.