Regally bred stallion Jezadane sired his first winner at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday. His filly Jezacious Spirit scored an on-pace victory in the Hotel Maleny Maiden Plate (1200m).
Jezacious Spirit (3f Jezadane – Tenacious Lass by Encosta de Lago) is trained at Murwillumbah by Matthew Dunn who is enjoying a higher-profile just lately with up-and-coming sprinter The White Hope (Bradbury’s Luck).
His Sunshine Coast winner was passed-in for $3,000 when offered by River Hills Stud at the 2011 Brisbane Bloodstock yearling sale. She is raced in partnership by Peter Buckman, Alexandra Leach, Graeme Smith and Rod Wheeler.
Jezadane is by Danehill from Jezabeel and, after starting his career in New Zealand, won races at Bendigo (1300m) and Cranbourne (2025m) for Brian Jenkins.
Jenkins also prepared Jezabeel to G1 victories in the 1998 Auckland Cup and Melbourne Cup. “I thought he could have been a Melbourne Cup horse,” he recalled. “He was a lovely, big horse but slow maturing, just like his mother.”
Jezadane had staying potential but a bowed tendon ended his career after just 10 starts. River Hills Stud managing director Mark Hickey stands him for a $2,200 (inc gst) service fee in the Mary Valley north of Brisbane.
– Karl Patterson