Quality mare Zennista (NZ) continued Lisa Latta’s super season in the Listed Rangitikei Gold Cup (1600m) on Saturday.
Zennista (4m Zenno Rob Roy – Zarnitsa by Maroof) cruised behind the pace to the home bend before clearing out for a runaway victory under jockey Darryl Bradley. She was a $20,000 buy at the 2009 Karaka Festival Sale from the draft of Oxford Thoroughbreds.
“She’s a lovely mare and tries every time,” Bradley said. “She travelled beautifully all the way and we had it won a long way from home.”
Bradley has ridden the mare in all four of her victories and her black-type success at the weekend was well-deserved after runner-up finishes in the G1 New Zealand Oaks, G3 Gold Trail Stakes, LR Ryder Stakes and LR Rotorua Stakes.
Zennista is a daughter of Shadai Stallion shuttler Zenno Rob Roy (Sunday Silence) who stood his first and only season at Java Lodge in 2006. He was booked to fly to the Matamata stud again in 2007 but was stranded at Melbourne’s quarantine station due to the E.I. crisis.
Her dam Zarnitsa is a half-sister to the LR Cambridge Fillies’ Stakes winner Chartreuse (St Petersburg). Their second dam Najaba (Touching Wood) was a Listed winner of the South Island Breeders’ Stakes and was placed in the G2 NZ Breeders’ Stakes.
Zennista is the sixth stakes win of the season for Awapuni based Latta and her 63rd winner for the current season. Her highest tally of 67 was posted in 2010-11.