Victorian stallions dominated Saturday’s Hobart meeting with 6 of the 8 winners at Elwick.
Larneuk Stud sire O’Lonhro started the procession with O’Loughlin in Race 1 and he was followed by Galeocerdo (Sharkbite), Zipped Up (Churchill Downs), My Paige Three (Written Tycoon), Hyperbole (Elvstroem) and Island Tiger (Decanter).
O’Lonhro’s sire Lonhro added another with Lord Da Vinci who was bred at Makybe.
Zipped Up was an eye-catching 12 length winner of the TAFE Maiden (1400m) for trainer Scott Brunton. She is part-owned by Victorian breeder Mark Moscatelli who put former Blue Gum Farm sire Churchill Downs over his mare Unzipped (Unbridled’s Song).
“We thought she would win, based on her last-start third and her work during the week,” Brunton said. “She has a bit more to offer but we will just take it one race at a time.”
Jockey David Pires said the mare is capable of winning many more races. “She could have won by a lot more than 12 lengths. She has above average ability and I wouldn’t be surprised if she won two or three more really quickly.”
Victoria’s winning run in Tasmania can continue this Wednesday with beautifully-bred 3yo Bella Francesca. She is by Swettenham Stud sire Master Of Design and is a half-sister to Group 1 star Palentino.
“She is a big, striking filly and is very valuable as a breeding prospect,” trainer Bill Ryan said. “She was very immature mentally but Nigel Schuring and Kyle Maskiell have done a lot of work to improve her manners.”
Bella Francesca races first-up at Launceston’s midweek meeting in the Glenara Lakes Maiden (1200m).