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Winners flow as Zacinto heads trans-Tasman sire tables


The winners just keep ticking up for Inglewood Stud’s exciting young sire Zacinto, with a trans-Tasman double this week seeing him heading off the Second Season Sire brigade on both sides of the Tasman.

While talented filly Wize Act, notched up another win in the Pearl Series race at Oamaru, the Darren Weir trained Seento got a deserved maiden win over 1200m in Victoria.

The win of Seento gave Zacinto his third Australian 3YO winner this season, but more importantly, with just four starters he is well clear as the leading second season sire in Australia by average earnings.

“He’s obviously has a few less runners, but with his progeny earning an average of $73,000 this season, it’s almost double that of So You Think who has the next highest earnings at $39,000,” said Inglewood Stud’s Gus Wigley.

“To have had just four Australian runners and to have a Saturday winner at Flemington and another at Caulfield is quite an achievement,” said Wigley.

“We’ve had plenty of interest in Zacinto’s stock from Melbourne owners and trainers too.”

Flying the flag in Australia this season has been Zacinto’s star son Odeon whose Mornington Guineas win was followed by $100,000 win at Caulfield before a third placing in the G1 South Australian Derby, while talented filly Navagio powered home from last down the straight six at Flemington to win the VRC Doriemus Stakes back in February.

In addition to Seento, Zacinto’s other Australian starter was NZ 2000 Guineas winner Ugo Foscolo, who had just the one start on a terribly deep Randwick track before being put aside until the spring.

“It was disappointing that Ugo couldn’t find a dry track to show his wares in Sydney in the autumn but I think the light campaign might be a blessing in disguise,” said Wigley.

“He’s already back in work with Gai and while they’re slowing building him up, they’re talking a big game, but they’re still deciding whether he’ll go straight into the Melbourne Spring Carnival or have a start in Sydney first.”

On the home front Zacinto has left another 15 three-year-old winners which not only puts him well clear as the leading second season sire by both earnings and winners, but has him in third spot behind just Savabeel and Per Incanto on the overall 3YO sires list.


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