Zardetto (middle) is driven to the line. www.raceimages.co.nz
Matamata trainer Ken Kelso was bullish in his comments about Zardetto (3 B. C. Redoute’s Choice – Champagne, by Zabeel), after the son of the $2million earner Champagne got up to win on debut at Taupo on Wednesday.
Kelso expected a forward showing by the colt in the Beamish Bloodstock Maiden over 1400-metres, saying, “I think he’s a very good horse and he could be exceptional. I haven’t done a lot with him. He’s only had the two trials and could be a very, very good horse.”
Sentiments echoed by rider Andrew Calder.
“When I saw him in the birdcage today he looked a real picture. He looked class. He settled really well and for a colt he was on the best of behaviour. He’s a nice horse and he’s going to be a nice staying type of horse, too.”
In a close finish, Calder added, “I always felt like he had them covered, he just wasn’t really lengthening in the straight, but he was just playing. He’s feels good.”
His dam Champagne, a full-sister to stallion St Reims, finished second to Jezabeel (Zabeel) in the 1998 Melbourne Cup after blitzing her rivals in the Mackinnon only days earlier, while she also won the Ansett Stakes before finishing runner-up in the AJC Oaks and Queen Elizabeth in her next two starts.
Purchased by Bruce Perry Bloodstock for $300,000 at the Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Zardetto was bred by Classic Thoroughbreds Ltd, NSW and is owned by Brown Thoroughbreds Ltd, Classic Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd & JML Bloodstock Ltd.