When you talk about consistent horses in Australia there’s a few obvious names that will undoubtedly stand out, Black Caviar, Hay List, Beaded and More Joyous always at the top of the list.
One which doesn’t rate a mention though and probably should is Kris Lee’s mare Zingaling which runs in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara at Eagle Farm this weekend.
So far in her career she’s started 16 times and returned a mediocre looking three wins.
In addition to that though she’s run another eight places and when you look at her results this campaign you can add three more fourths as well.
In the end then it’s so apparent that just twice in her career has Zingaling run poorly.
She comes into the Tattersall’s Tiara with five runs this prep and things started off extremely well.
She won first up at Rosehill Gardens in the Birthday Card Stakes with Jim Cassidy getting her over the 1200m first.
Following that though she ran three fourths in a row starting with the Sapphire Stakes at Rosehill Gardens, Hawkesbury Crown at Hawkesbury and the Dark Jewel at Scone.
After that she had her first run in Brisbane and ran a flashy third in the QTC Cup under the control of Timothy Bell.
“She jumped a bit slow and copped some interference at the 900 metres,” Lees said.
“Tim thought she should have finished closer had she got a clear run and she was only beaten 1-1/2 lengths.”
Hoping for a change in fortune this weekend though he’s turning to the experienced hand of another Cassidy, Larry.
“I’ve decided to put Larry on her this time. I’ve had a lot of luck with him over the years,” Lees said.
The trainer has had plenty of cracks at this event when it was known as the Winter Stakes but his best result was a second back in 2008 when Fritz’s Princess finished behind Absolut Glam.
He also placed fifth in that same race with Absolutelyfabulous coming close as well.
If he’s to win the event this year he feels he needs someone who he can rely on and Larry Cassidy has had plenty to do with the stable over many years.
His involvement dates back to before Kris was even in charge and it was his father Max Lees running the show.
“I rode a lot of winners for Max when I was in Sydney,” Cassidy said.
“When Max died and Kris took over I kept riding for the stable and continued to ride winners for the stable.”
Cassidy also knows what it takes to win the race, although it was a different assignment when he last triumphed.
“I won the Winter Stakes on Tripping for Clarry Conners when it was a Group Three race (in 1996),” Cassidy said.
While no doubt happy with the amount of talent Zingaling has shown in 2011 Lee’s is understandably frustrated that it hasn’t transferred into race wins.
Her third in the QTC Cup was especially disappointing as they feel she would have run a big race in the Stradbroke Handicap.
“Had she qualified for the Stradbroke, we would have started her,” Lees said.
“But I’ve still got a little question mark over her at 1400 metres.
“Her fourth at Scone was a good run but she died on her run in the last 50 metres.”
He sees his dangers coming from the obvious places in the Tattersall’s Tiara with QTC Cup winner Varenna Miss and Doomben 10,000 winner Beaded the ones to worry about.
“They are the obvious ones to beat, especially Beaded,” Lees said.
Whatever happens he says Zingaling won’t run again this campaign and that she’ll instead spell before a return in the spring.
“Her owners have decided she’ll race on for another season so she’ll go for a break after Saturday and prepare for the spring in Sydney and maybe Melbourne,” Lees said.