Zululand on track for Sires’ Double

Exciting two-year-old Zululand will be chasing a rare double in Sires’ Produce events this weekend, having claimed the Group 2 Henry Bucks Sires’ Produce (1400m) last time out and confirmed to line up for this weekend’s Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on day 1 of The Championships.

Zululand has been confirmed to line up for the 2014 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes

Zululand has been confirmed to line up for the 2014 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Partnering the talented Fastnet Rock in three of his four starts so far, jockey Stephen Baster is confident of securing the uncommon feat after completing a strong piece of work in a Randwick barrier trial last week.

Finishing the 1050 metres in the clear of all opponents, Baster told AAP he believes Zululand is a definite chance this weekend.

“He got back and finished off strong and won his trial well” Baster said.

“He covered a bit of ground and we wanted him to have a nice hit-out so it was a good trial leaning towards the race.

“I think the Melbourne horses, just looking at the Slipper, the form from down there stood up quite well up there.

“There’s no dead-set standout and everything he has done, he has done right. So I think he’s right in it.”

Contesting his first Australian racing season since returning from a contract in Singapore, Baster is delighted to have the ride on such a talented youngster in a major Group 1 event this weekend.

“This is my first full season since getting back from Singapore. It’s good to be getting a bit of support and obviously it helps getting on the faster young horses on the way up” Baster added.

Having produced a reasonable strong starts to his racing career, Zululand is currently offered at particularly generous $14 odds in early betting markets for success in the 2014 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes.

Finishing fourth in last weekend’s major Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m), Believe Yourself currently heads markets.

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