Zestful Delivers Lees Apollo Stakes Day Treble

February 13, 2017

Zestful Delivers Lees Apollo Stakes Day Treble

Zestful savaged the line late to deliver trainer Kris Lees a 2017 Apollo Stakes Day treble with her win in the Triscay Stakes at Royal Randwick this afternoon.

Zestful produced an explosive turn-of-foot late to win the 2017 Triscay Stakes at Royal Randwick this afternoon. Photo by: Steve Hart

Zestful produced an explosive turn-of-foot late to win the 2017 Triscay Stakes at Royal Randwick this afternoon. Photo by: Steve Hart

There was plenty of money for Zestful in the lead-up to the Triscay Stakes, but it looked as though it was going to be her day when she was blocked for a run at the 300 metre mark.

Jason Collett had several runs close on him before the 200 metre mark, but he eventually found clear running back on the inside and she finished over the top of Nancy and Dixie Blossoms to record a career best win.

Lees had previously won the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) with Le Romain as well as the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m) with Invincible Gem and he was clearly delighted to have finished Apollo Stakes Day with three black-type wins.

“It is important for these mares to race well in these type of races,” Lees said.

“They are well-bred mares and you need to be performing in Stakes races, so it is very satisfying.

“I’ve always thought that she has a lot of upside to her and she is going the right way.

“She really appreciates a gap between her runs and she just needed a little bit of luck in running.

“She was always going to be strong late.

“It looked a bit ugly there for a while, but he found the right path and got there when it mattered.

“She was going to be my Provincial Championships horses, but I will have to reassess.”

Collett admitted after the race that not everything went to plan during the Triscay Stakes and he thought that he was in trouble when he had to make the inside run at the 200 metre mark.

A relieved Collet was clearly pleased that Zestful was able to find the line like she did and he paid full credit to the way that she was able to balance up in such an efficient manner.

“I got on the back of Nancy and I was pretty happy, but I just sort of lost contact in the straight,” Collett said.

“It was a big effort and I have to admit that I wasn’t very confident at the 200 when I went back to the inside.

“I really had to shift ground very quickly and for her to come back under me like that says a fair bit about her.”

Nancy was unlucky not to come away with the victory first-up and Dixie Blossoms produced her usual credible performance.

2017 Triscay Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Randwick Race 9 – 13/02/2017

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 10 ZESTFUL Kris Lees Jason Collett 1 53kg (cd 53.5kg) $4.20
2 3 NANCY Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 0.2L 7 57kg $9
3 1 DIXIE BLOSSOMS Ron Quinton Tim Clark 0.3L 9 59kg $4F
4 7 PRESS REPORT Kris Lees Ms Kathy O’Hara 0.6L 6 53kg $17
5 12 QUEEN OF KARIBA Joseph Pride Andrew Adkins (a) 2.2L 3 53kg $31
6 5 ROCKET COMMANDER Matthew Dale Tommy Berry 3L 4 55kg $26
7 13 MAGIC OF DREAMS Kris Lees Corey Brown 3.1L 10 53kg $21
8 14 ZARA BAY Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford 6.1L 2 53kg $8.50
9 6 SHILLELAGH (NZ) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 6.2L 11 53kg $6
10 16 UNKNOWN DESTINY John Ramsey Blaike McDougall (a) 9.7L 8 53kg $151
FF 2 PEARLS John O’Shea James Doyle 5 58kg $7
8 DENPURR Peter & Paul Snowden 0
15 SORORITY SISTER Garry Schwenke 0
9 YATTARNA James Cummings Glyn Schofield 0
11 AMERISTRALIA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Andrew Adkins (a) 0
4 SAVOUREUX Kris Lees Joshua Parr 0

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

2020 Cox Plate Nominations: 28...

Missile Stakes 2020 Field ...

Missile Stakes 2020 Field & Betting: Favourite Melody Belle Draws 11

Saturday’s 2020 Missile Stakes favourite Melody Belle has drawn out wide in...

2020 The Everest Favourite Nat...

2020 The Everest Favourite Nature Strip Flies in Trial

The Chris Waller-trained Nature Strip further confirmed his spot at the top of...

Melody Belle Heads 2020 Missil...

Melody Belle Heads 2020 Missile Stakes Nominations

Ten-time Group 1 winning Kiwi mare Melody Belle headlines the nominations for...

2020 Aurie’s Star Handicap Nom...

2020 Aurie’s Star Handicap Nominations Feature Cape Of Good Hope

Lindsay Park’s returning Group 1 Caulfield Stakes winner Cape Of Good Hope is...

Horse Racing Today

Darwin Cup Betting Odds 2020: ...

2020 Gai Waterhouse Classic Wi...

2020 Gai Waterhouse Classic Winner Solar Star Goes All-The-Way

The Tony Gollan-trained Solar Star came away with a valuable Black-Type win...

2020 Eye Liner Stakes Results:...

2020 Eye Liner Stakes Results: Bandipur Deserving Winner

It had been a Queensland Winter Racing Carnival of bad luck for the always...

Thousand Guineas Plans for Oak...

Thousand Guineas Plans for Oaklands Plate 2020 Winner Instant Celebrity

Trainer Phillip Stokes unearthed a genuine Group 1 Thousand Guineas hope in...

2020 Gai Waterhouse Classic Da...

2020 Gai Waterhouse Classic Day: Ipswich Scratchings & Track Report

The action of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival moves west to Ipswich...

Race Results

2020 Darwin Cup Results: Ihtsahymn Goes Back-to-Back

Man Of Peace Puts Hand Up for 2020 The Kosciuszko

2020 Gai Waterhouse Classic Winner Solar Star Goes All-The-Way

2020 Eye Liner Stakes Results: Bandipur Deserving Winner

Thousand Guineas Plans for Oaklands Plate 2020 Winner Instant Celebrity

Race Previews

2020 Cox Plate Nominations: 28 Internationals, Melbourne Cup Winner Among 182 Entries

Missile Stakes 2020 Field & Betting: Favourite Melody Belle Draws 11

2020 The Everest Favourite Nature Strip Flies in Trial

The Everest Catalyst Into The Golden Eagle 2020

Melody Belle Heads 2020 Missile Stakes Nominations

Fields & Form

Missile Stakes 2020 Field & Betting: Favourite Melody Belle Draws 11

Melody Belle Heads 2020 Missile Stakes Nominations

2020 Aurie’s Star Handicap Nominations Feature Cape Of Good Hope

2020 Darwin Cup Field & Betting Update: Savatoxl New Favourite

2020 Gai Waterhouse Classic Day: Ipswich Scratchings & Track Report