Zamorar Sets Sights on Bletchingly Stakes 2012

One of the top three fancies for the 2012 Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday, David Bourne’s promising three-year-old Zamorar will be out to break their black type maiden status after progressing well through the ranks this season.

The son of Scandal Keeper is one of 15 smart sprinters engaged to face off in Caulfield Race 6 at 3:07pm – the $125,000 Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m).

The Bletchingly Stakes has attracted three former Group 1 winners this year led by former Hong Kong galloper Green Birdie who tops the bookmaker.com.au markets at a quote of $4.40.

Resuming WFA star Heart Of Dreams ($13) and 2011 Oakleigh Plate winner Eagle Falls ($10) who has a nice first-up record at the track are the other elite level champs in the mix.

Zamorar meanwhile is a way off from winning a Group 1 this year but is well liked to kick things off with their first stakes victory installed as the $5 equal second favourite in the Bletchingly Stakes odds with the Peter Moody-trained Ready To Rip.

A winner of four of the 10 career starts so far Zamorar has also recorded four minor placings, their most recent victory being over 1100m at Caulfield back in May when beating home subsequent Sir John Monash Stakes victor Platelet.

At their next start they came within a half-length of Riziz in the Listed AR Creswick Stakes (1200m) at Flemington before Platelet turned the tables on them to win the Monash, a race Zamorar finished one and a half lengths away third in after botching the start.

Saturday will be their third start in a Group race.

In their first they produced an eye-catching fourth when crossing less than two lengths off the now retired superstar Sepoy in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington last Victoria Derby Day.

They were also tested at Group level in March at Morphettville running fourth again, and beaten one a three quarter lengths again, this time by Go The Knuckle in the Group 2 Centrebet Classic (1200m).

In the Bletchingly Zamorar has drawn ideally in barrier three, one outside of the favourite Green Birdie, with Jamie Mott taking over riding duties for the first time.

Bourne is confident Zamorar has improvement in them from the Monash and doesn’t think there’s much of a different in the class of the competitors he faces on Saturday.

“He didn’t get away that good the other day and that’s why he got back a little bit but he probably won’t be far away if he steps away well on Saturday,” said Bourne.

“He wasn’t far off them in the Monash in a similar field so I don’t see why he can’t win this.”

Under the weight-for-age conditions of the Bletchingly Zamorar will carry 58kg, which is just half a kilo less than the trio of Group 1 winners, but Bourne is unfazed by the weight saying his horse was built to carry it.

“He is a rising four-year-old and he has become a big boy now,” he said.

“He certainly didn’t look out of place the other day so I am not worried by the weight.

“He has had a couple of ordinary barriers but the good draw will help him on Saturday and he definitely deserves a black type win.”

Zamorar, an $18,000 bargain buy at the 2009 Australian Weanling and Breeding Stock Sale in Scone, has already amassed over $187,000 in prize money and while already very happy with the return, Bourne is certain there are bigger prizes on the horizon.

“I bought him when he was a weanling and sold him out to a few of the in house clients and he has been terrific for us,” he said.

“We have about 16 in work and it certainly helps when you have a couple of good ones.

“Zamorar has probably been my best and he looks like he will measure up in the better grades as well.”

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