Victorian colt Zabeelionaire has given super-sire Zabeel an outside chance of claiming a fifth G1 Australian Derby at Randwick on April 14.
The Leon Corstens trainee colt a trip to Sydney after outclassing his rivals by eight lengths in the Market Square Shopping Maiden (1700m) at Geelong on Thursday.
Zabeelionaire (3c Zabeel – Kisumu by Carnegie) was fourth home in the 2011 Victoria Derby behind Sangster but had frustrated Corstens with unplaced runs at Caulfield and Moonee Valley earlier this year. “He mightn’t have beaten much but that’s exactly what I wanted,” Corstens told AAP at Geelong. “Now he’s on track for the Derby.”
Zabeel has won the Australian Derby with Octagonal (1996), Sky Heights (1999), Don Eduardo (2002) and Fiumicino (2007). “I might give him one more run in Victoria before the Derby,” Corstens added. “It’s going to be a hectic month but he’s got to stand up and be counted.”
Zabeelionaire was a $250,000 buy from the Yarraman Park draft at the 2010 Inglis Easter yearling sale. He is the first foal of the Pat Carey trained Kisumu who won a Sale maiden in October 2006. She was also G2 placed behind champion filly Miss Finland in the Angus Armanasco Stakes at Caulfield.
Kisumu has a 2yo filly and yearling filly by Zabeel and she foaled a colt by the Cambridge Stud champion last year.