With a perfectly timed run, Kanzai broke her maiden impressively at Geelong today.
Donning the Cambridge Stud silks of Brendan and Jo Lindsay, NZ-born rider Michael Dee made it something of a kiwi affair.
For our stable it was particularly pleasing to bring her back to the races and see her return impressively after two nice jump outs.
Having had two runs in a past campaign where she showed some ability, Kanzai has been the beneficiary of time and patience.
It is something we say often but she has come back bigger and stronger and that showed in her momentum through the line.
She will continue to improve as she steps up in trip and we’re hoping she’ll be winning in town this preparation.
Congratulations to both Brendon and Jo Lindsay and also Henry Plumptre and the rest of the team at Cambridge Stud.
We’re sure it was nice to have a winner after a busy week selling at the Karaka Sales – unfortunately we were left watching from afar this year with international travel restrictions.
It is also interesting to note that both of our winners this week have been by leading NZ sire Savabeel.
We are of the view that the way Kanzai was ridden today, similarly to Breaking Loose earlier in the week, is the way to get the most out of the breed.
They often take time to improve and learn their craft, but when taking a sit in a race and allowed to build momentum they can show a lot of ability.