Zambari (NZ) has been set an ambitious task for her debut in Saturdays G3 Phoenix Park 2YO Classic (1200m) at Pukekura.
Prepared by Te Rapa conditioner David Greene, Zambari has always shown plenty of ability on the training track and reinforced that high regard with a commanding five length trial win at Paeroa last week. “She had a good hit-out and came through it really well,” Greene said. “We think her natural ability can make her competitive on Saturday.
“She still has plenty to learn,” he added. “But she is the best two-year-old we’ve had to date and the fact she can travel on the speed is an asset.”
Zambari (2f Bachelor Duke – Latin Lass by Canny Lad) is a homebred for The Oaks Stud. She is a younger half-sister to winners by Viking Ruler and Spartacus (2). It’s the family of G1 winners Brewery Boy (Victoria & South Australian Derbies) and Lygon Arms (AJC Doncaster Hcp).
“This time last year The Oaks manager Rick Williams rang me and said ‘I’m sending you a good one’. Most of the Bachelor Dukes aren’t particularly early but Rick was of the opinion she would make a two-year-old. I guess we will find out on Saturday what sort of judge he is!”
Zambari is name well known to racegoers from the 1970s. The original Zambari was a NZ bred son of Pakistan and he won 10 stakes races in Sydney and Melbourne for trainer T J Smith. They ranged in distances from 1000 metres (G1 Lightning Stakes) to 2000 metres (G1 Caulfield Stakes).