Moonee Valley winner Zamzam races into Blue Diamond Stakes contention

By: Mark Mazzaglia
February 1st, 2016

Expensive yearling buy Zamzam has put herself right into contention for the Group 1 $1.5m Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 27 with an impressive Moonee Valley win last Friday night.

Jockey Damian Lane rode Zamzam to a debut win at Moonee Valley. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

Jockey Damian Lane rode Zamzam to a debut win at Moonee Valley. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

The $920,000 yearling was sent out as a $13 chance in the City Jeep two year old Plate over 1000m and with Damian Lane in the saddle easily accounted for the $1.65 favourite Gridelin from the John O’Shea stable.

Co-trainer Tom Dabernig was very pleased with the result after Zamzam settled off the pace and then quickly reeled in the leaders to record a two lengths victory at her first race start.

“We were really happy with it,” Dabering told RSN’s Racing Ahead.

“She settled off the pace and picked them up relatively easily and I thought she was quite soft on the line.”

“She pricked her ears and had a look at the winning post. So plenty of improvement to come and probably likely to head towards the fillies division of the Blue Diamond Prelude at this stage.”

“We trialled her at Sandown and there was quite a lot of hype about the Darley (Godolphin) horse that started favourite.”

Zamzam will now head to the Group 2 $200,000 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) for the fillies at Caulfield on February 13 and the Redoute’s Choice filly has plenty of improvement left in her according to Dabernig, who trains in partnership with David Hayes at Lindsay Park.

“She came out and did it in a race and I think she will improve again,” Dabernig said.

“But she will need to as the competition gets stronger from now over the next few weeks.”

“She has seemed to have come through the run on Friday night perfectly sound and has eaten up since the run so it was a bit for trial for money, she did it easily.”

Dabernig is hoping for another glowing performance in the Blue Diamond Prelude before heading to the Blue Diamonds Stakes two weeks later.

“I’d say that based on what we have seen her do under race conditions and if she continues to improve, she is probably the sought of filly that definitely could be competitive,” Dabernig said.

The Lindsay Park trainer is also looking to the future and said that whatever Zamzam does in her two year old year, she will most certainly improve on in her three year old season over a longer journey.

“I don’t think she is an out and out sprinter, I think she will end up probably maybe getting seven furlongs or a mile in time and she will probably be better at three on whatever she does at two is going to be bonus.”

“She is a lovely type, she was an expensive yearling, and hopefully she can go on with it.”

Zamzam is now listed as a $15 chance at Ladbrokes.com.au for the Blue Diamond Stakes with the Mick Price trained Extreme Choice at the top of the market order at $6.

Early Blue Diamond Stakes market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $6 Extreme Choice, $8 Calliope, $9 Defcon, $15 Cohesion, Hell Of An Effort, Manuel, Sword Of Light, Tessera, Weatherly, Zamzam, $17 Astern, Concealer, Miss Nymeria, $21 El Venetian, Power Trip.

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