Pentire's (GB) three-year-old daughter Zarita (NZ) (ex Gin Player by Defensive Play) signalled her readiness for a Gr.1 tilt on Saturday, after registering a one length win over Pleasantsundaygirl (NZ) (Cape Cross) in the Gr.2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1600m) at Caulfield.
Trained by Pay Hyland, Zarita (NZ) has achieved four wins and two placings from her eight career starts and beyond Saturday's win claims additional Gr.2 honours in the VRC Wakeful Stakes (2000m).
Rich Hill Stud sire, Pentire (GB)Zarita's (NZ) win in the Angus Armanasco is the second victory in the event for her owners, the Frost Family, with earlier success coming from Ballet Society (NZ) (Stravinsky), who was also trained by Hyland.
"We bought another Pentire this year in New Zealand at the sales, a filly from Gemscay that is a full sister to Group One winner Penny Gem, so I'm happy to stick with the Pentires." said Bill Frost.Purchased for $195,000 at the 2006 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale, Zarita (NZ) will now press on to the Kewney Stakes at Flemington on March 8 before leaving for Adelaide where she will tackle the Group I SAJC Australasian Oaks (2000m).
Last successful with the ill-fated Marju Snip (NZ) (Marju) in 2006, victory in the Australasian Oaks has acted as an important precursor to a number of kiwi-bred mares who have gone on to produce Gr.1 winning sires.
Included here is Lee Freedman's 2000 winner Grand Echezeaux(NZ) (dam of Darci Brahma), the Hayes' stables 1994 winner Tristalove (NZ) (dam of Viking Ruler) and Bart Cummings' 1994 winner Our Tristalight (NZ) (dam of Danske)
Bred by Scott Williams, Zarita (NZ) joins Run Like The Win (NZ) (Pins) as the second Gr.2 winner for her unraced dam Gin Player, who is also well represented in Hong Kong with last season's champion griffin Joy and Fun (NZ) (Cullen)
Based at Rich Hill Stud, Pentire (GB) (Be My Guest) is a proven Gr.1 sire with representatives at this level comprising: Xcellent, Penny Gem, Recurring, Art Success, Pentane and Pantani.
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