Zacinto on track for extraordinary first crop feat
A win for Odeon in the South Australian Derby would not only cap off a break-through Classic season for Zacinto, but would see him record a remarkable siring feat that hasn’t been seen in Australasia for nearly 25 years.
It's believed that not since the great Danehill in the 1993/94 season has an Australasian stallion left a Group One Guineas winner and a Group One Derby winner in his first crop. This may seem unlikely considering the versatility of some of the great sires to have retired to stud since, but no stallion on either side of the ditch can lay claim to this extraordinary accomplishment. The last New Zealand sire to achieve the feat was Star Way in the 1984/5 season.
It was of course Zacinto’s headline son Ugo Foscolo that claimed the Group One Guineas win, with his high speed, front running display in this season’s New Zealand 2000 Guineas, and while wet Sydney tracks caused the premature abandonment of his autumn campaign, Odeon has proven ready and willing to pick up the mantle and fly Zacinto’s flag in Australia.
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