Maiden winners at Timaru, Hawera and Winton over the past three days have seen Inglewood Stud’s young sire Zacinto bring his career tally of winners to 24 from just 40 lifetime runners. Zavistic, Magic Ivan and Dream Rich all saluted the judge over consecutive days, the drying tracks around the country no doubt playing their part in the run of success. The three new winners brought Zacinto’s seasonal tally of winners to eight, surging him into 7th equal spot on the NZ General Sires List by way of winners. What makes the position impressive is that Zacinto’s eight winners have come from just 16 runners, the best strike rate of any sire in the top 25 of the table. “The great thing about Zacinto is he’s proven he can leave a top Group One horse, but he leaves the bread and butter horse as well,” said Inglewood’s Gus Wigley. “To have had 60% of his runners already sign off on their first win is quite an achievement considering his oldest progeny are just kicking off their four-year-old season. “We’ve had numerous trainers tell us they’ve just been waiting for the drier tracks to get their Zacintos up and running, so it’s great that that’s now coming to fruition. Zacinto’s winning progeny this season have been led by the Wellington Cup bound Son of Zac, the four-win mare Wize Act and Shadow King, who has won three of his last six starts. Across the ditch, Odeon continues his spring campaign with a better draw in a $120,000 1700m race at Caulfield next Wednesday, while Flemington winner Navagio is looking to get her spring campaign underway late this week.