After only winning his first race a week ago on Westlawn Prelude Day, fast finishing colt Zumikon did the double for trainer Bryan Dais yesterday when he strode home in the NBN Springboard to Fame 2YO Plate.
It was a strong win for the favourite who was a big drifter in the betting ring as the horses loaded up in the barriers.
"He was really, really good in the end," Dais said after the race. "I was a bit worried when they turned for home and the other horse sort of went past him but he fought back well and he dug deep for the win."
Zumikon sat in the slipstream of race leader topweight Bryan Guy-trained Game of Dreams from the second furlong, and despite attention from late favourite Master Magic Al on the outside finished strong to a full length ahead of Game of Dreams.
It was a short turnaround for the Brisbane galloper, who returned to the Eagle Farm stables after last Thursday's maiden victory, before making the journey back down the Pacific Hwy yesterday.
"He has done a great job, it is not an easy thing to do, backing up after only a week, he has got a fair bit of ticker about him," Dais said.
"We will take him back up to Brisbane and find a nice comfortable race for him in two to three weeks and hopefully we can build on it from there."
Bryan has been active at each of the major yearling sales held so far this year in Australia, namely the Gold Coast Magic Millions held in early January and the Inglis Classic Yearling sale just concluded.
At the Magic Millions Bryan acquired a filly by popular new season sire and multiple Group 1 winner All Too Hard (x Go Kate Go) for $65,000, she descends from the outstanding “Eight Carat” family that has produced so many wonderful racehorses. This filly will need some time to develop being a November foal but she moves well and has a good pedigree that will always stand her in good stead. “She is a nice correct filly with a fantastic pedigree that was a bit on the small side for a January sale. Therefore she flew under the radar of a few buyers but we will give her time to grow now before she is broken-in and I think she will prove to be a shrewd purchase for her owners given the fact All Too Hard averaged $220k from his 38 lots sold at this sale” said Bryan.
In Sydney at the Inglis sale in February, Bryan made some early inspections and identified a couple of nice colts that could fit into his clients criteria and budget. Other nice horses were identified and inspected as possibilities but none surpassed the two colts that were ultimately purchased. Bryan counts himself a little fortunate to have acquired both colts from a sale that was very competitive market for good correct types.
Lot 229 was an All American colt (x Savalook) with a strong and impressive New Zealand aspect to his pedigree, he was much sought after and only knocked down to Bryan for $110,000 after a tense bidding duel with an equally determined buyer. Bryan is really enthusiastic about this colt that has excellent conformation and is a very athletic and well developed yearling. “He is a great type and there will be a good chance to see him racing as a late season 2yo but he is going to make a lovely 3yo sprinter/miler” said Bryan who was also impressed by the relaxed and seemingly unflappable temperament of the young colt.
Bryan’s second purchase at the Sydney Classic sale was Lot 483 a Rothesay colt (x Dawnie Dancer) that went through on the last day of the sale. “Rothesay’s a really promising young sire and this colt was hard to fault” said Bryan, “he’s got a decent pedigree, very correct in every way and moves really well. Just like the All American colt, this Rothesay was really calm throughout what can be a testing sales process that means some horses can be boxed and repeatedly shown over a continuous five day period. Given that the Rothesay colt is also QTIS qualified we expected keen interest from Queensland buyers and count ourselves a little fortunate to have landed him for only $40,000”.
Both colts have made their way back to Qld for a break before they begin the breaking-in process and early education.
Bryan will be active at the Magic Millions March Yearling sale so if you’d like any advice on a prospective purchase or already have a horse that you need trained then Bryan would be more than happy to have a chat and advise you accordingly. You can call Bryan direct on 0415 125 269.