Bob Vance is brimming with confidence about the future prospects for Saturday’s G2 Waikato Guineas winner Castlzeberg (NZ).
The former champion jockey has found the key to the gelding who is at his best as a pacemaker and those tactics won’t change as he continues along his path toward the New Zealand Derby next month. “He’s a horse that is best bowling along and he just keeps galloping – there’s no sprint about him,” Vance said. “He just might win the Derby like that, too.”
Castlzeberg (3g Castledale – Stylish Cent by Stylish Century) scored a dominant front-running victory in the classic lead-up at Te Rapa. “We could also have a look at running him the Avondale Guineas and there will be no problems going a mile and a half.”
Vance won the 1993 W S Cox Plate riding The Phantom Chance and is based at Ardmore Lodge with his wife Jenny. They race Castlzeberg with Te Runga Stud owner Wayne Larsen.
Castlzeberg is the first NZ bred stakes winner by Castledale (Peintre Celebre) who began shuttling to Te Runga in 2006. A G1 winner of the 2004 Santa Anita Derby, he doubled up at the elite level in the 2005 Shoemaker Mile in a lightning 1.33.17s.
Castlzeberg’s dam Stylish Cent won over 2200m at Arawa Park and Tauranga and her final foal is an unnamed 2yo brother to the Waikato Guineas winner.