Accomplished trainer Lisa Latta reckons in Zennista (3 Br. F. Zenno Rob Roy – Zarnitsa, by Maroof) she has a filly good enough to tackle the colts for a chunk of the $1million stakes in the 2000 Guineas after she won untouched by two-and-three-quarter-lengths at Trentham on Saturday.
Latta said she would see how Zennista pulled up after the race before making a decision in the next few days as to whether she would opt for the 1000 or 2000 Guineas during Cup Week at Riccarton in Christchurch, November 6 – 13, but reading between the lines she obviously feels the leggy filly is capable of matching the boys.
Her sentiments were echoed by rider Darryl Bradley after Zennista had won the $20,000 Kolfinna Classic for three-year-old fillies over 1400-metres in 1:35.44 on heavy going.
Bradley said, “It was a remarkable run. The best part, she was so relaxed in the run, it was fantastic. I just had to push out on the turn a little bit and what a horse. The hairs on my neck were standing up, it was just an amazing feeling and I know what sort of filly she is.”
Owned by N M Cantwell, P S Dudding, D H Robinson, W A Flipp, L L Pratt, R A Pratt & L L Reilly, Zennista was purchased by Latta for $20,000 at the 2009 New Zealand Bloodstock Festival Sale from the draft of Oxford Thoroughbreds.
Second to Dating (O’Reilly) in the listed Ryder Stakes to end her juvenile campaign, Zennista finished second to Rememba Howe (Handsome Ransom) in the group three Gold Trail Stakes at her previous start and now has a record of two wins and three seconds from five starts.
While proved on slow and heavy footing, the only types of ground she has encountered to date, a question mark hovers around her ability to act on the good footing.
Bradley boldly suggested she would benefit by the likelihood of good ground at Riccarton when saying, “What until you get her on a good track, you’ll see a better Zennista than on these heavy conditions.”
While second placed Gossiping (Al Akbar) made a giant step after breaking Maiden ranks at her previous start, another from the Latta stable L’Amour (Towkay) booked herself a 1000 Guineas by finishing third.
With four winners on the day, Latta continued her rampage through the early stages of the season to a clear lead on the premiership table with 23 wins.
Hot Deputy (Deputy Governor), Justanexcuse (No Excuse Needed), and Jack’s Point (Pins) provided her additional victories.