Reset opened his Group 1 account with Rebel Raider in the 2008 Victoria Derby and he unveiled another horse with Group 1 potential at Flemington on Saturday.
Darley’s Victorian-based sire has Disposition gunning for the G1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) after a brave victory in the G3 Chatham Stakes (1400m) at headquarters.
Disposition jumped from a wide barrier on Saturday and Damien Oliver eased back in the early stages before driving along a fast lane near the fence to score by a half-neck. “I was concerned in the run – last on the turn isn’t ideal but Damien knew what he was doing and fortunately the field opened up a bit,” trainer Lee Freedman said. “One thing about this horse, he does try very hard.
“We’ve won the Emirates with Pontormo and Warned coming off this race,” he said. “Disposition is quite a gross horse and will go well on the back-up next Saturday.”
Freedman also flagged a trip back home for the G1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at the Ascot summer carnival.
Disposition is a homebred for Bob & Sandra Peters and was successful in a Northam maiden on debut last September. Before the year was out, he added Listed wins in the Belgravia Stakes & Fairetha Quality and was also runner-up in the G2 WA Guineas & G1 Kingston Town Stakes.
Sent east, he commenced this season with a Listed victory in the Tontonan Stakes at Flemington – he was the third Reset to win that race in the last four years following Shoreham and Fawkner.
Disposition is one of 30 stakes winners by Reset whose Group 1 winners – apart from Rebel Raider – include Fawkner (Caulfield Cup), Pinker Pinker (Cox Plate) and Set Square (VRC Oaks).
His dam Test Case (Testa Rossa) is a daughter of G1 Goodwood Hcp winner Spectrum (Old Spice) and she won a Bunbury maiden in 11 starts for Perth’s leading breeders. Her latest foal is a Reset colt born in August.
Reset (Zabeel) is standing at Darley’s Northwood Park for a $16,500 (inc gst) fee.