Zabeelionaire will start one of the favourites for the G1 SAJC Derby next month after charging home in the Eastern Bridge Plate (2000m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Zabeelionaire (3c Zabeel – Kisumu by Carnegie) came from the tail of the field and then skirted the outside fence to win running away by more than two lengths. “His work has been sensational and I thought he would be better if held up,” trainer Leon Corstens said. “You just have to get him to switch off. When he puts his mind to it he is a pretty good horse.”
The Zabeel colt 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.
Zabeelionaire finished fourth in the Victorian Derby in October but Corstens has been frustrated getting the colt to put his mind on the job this time in. Having him gelded was a option after unplaced runs Caulfield and Moonee Valley but he started to come right with a eight length victory in a Geelong maiden last month.
His dam Kisumu has a 2yo filly and yearling filly by Zabeel and she foaled a colt by the Cambridge Stud champion last year.
Zabeel has yet to sire a G1 SAJC Derby winner but his son Reset did the honours with Rebel Raider in 2009.