The Sir Prancealot Race Series, run in conjunction with the Gawler & Barossa Jockey Club, provided an early Spring highlight for Ryan Balfour and the connections of ZAGATO STAR.
The winner of Heat 1 of the Cornerstone Stud Sir Prancealot Series went to a superbly well-timed run by Simon Price on the Ryan Balfour trained ZAGATO STAR to pip the Peter Blanch trained SCARE CAMPAIGN and the one time leader SAND CAT, beautifully presented by Emma Hubbard.
As the first filly or mare to win one of the six Sir Prancealot lead-up heats, the winning connections of ZAGATO STAR won a free nomination to the Cornerstone Stud stalwart AMBIDEXTER, valued at $5,500.
“The writing should have been on the wall after scratchings” said a delighted Sam Hayes “Ryan Balfour was eager to find out the terms of the free AMBIDEXTER nomination and I should have used that knowledge to place more than the measly $5 each way I had on the winner!”.
ZAGATOR STAR was 1st up for the Morphettville based Ryan Balfour and one suspects that mare might be set on a course to get over more ground, leaving the likes of the Emma Hubbard trained SAND CAT to chase down victory in the Final race of the series run on December 21st at Gawler in a $40,000 event that will see both the trainer and the winning connections landing a nomination each to SIR PRANCEALOT.
Matthew McLaughlan, the original breeder and main shareholder in ZAGATO STAR has already made plans to have STAR CONTESSA, the mother of the winner, visit AMBIDEXTER in the next few weeks. Furthermore, the symmetry of the win didn’t go unnoticed on Ryan Balfour who noted that “ZAGATO STAR is from a rich South Australian family that my first ever Stakes winner came from called RIVER’S LANE that I won the CS HAYES MEMORIAL CUP with.”
With Nominations advertised at only $5,500 the opportunity to breed to stallion that has nearly 80% winners to runners in his first crop, is there any stallion anywhere with a healthier rate of success?