May 29, 2016
Cheering on any winner is a big thrill for an owner, all the more so when that horse is a home-bred.
And more exciting still when the winner's sire and dam are also part of the family - as are Jayemzed (pictured) and White Gold whose son Leodoro was a fast finishing winner at Pakenham on Sunday.
Raced by a group of friends headed by Ralph Zito, Leodoro was having his first run since early March and, despite an awkward draw, he was right in the market having struck his favoured rain affected going.
Settling further back than usual, the bay travelled well for our in-form apprentice Ethan Brown who had him into clear running into the straight.
Taking a few strides to gather his momentum, Leodoro was very strong late - gathering in his rivals before racing clear to win by a soft 3/4 length.
It was a second victory for Leodoro who has raced just six times, finishing out of the placings just once.
And the best is still to come with Michael Kent confident that the gelding will be all the better over a bit longer.
"He is a horse of good ability who we have been running him short of his ideal distance in order to teach him to settle," he explained... "we expect him to be more useful over 1400m and 1600m."
Leodoro is the first winner for the two times winning Colombia (full brother to Octagonal and Mouawad) winner White Gold (also raced by Zito and co), a full sister to the stakes placed multiple city winner Oronero who we also trained.
Served last spring by Needs Further, White Gold has a two-year-old (Gold Phoenix) full brother to Leodoro whose sire Jayemzed was bred and raced by the Zito's.
Recently relocated to Victoria having served just a handful of mares in Tasmania, Jayemzed is doing a great job off his limited opportunities - Leodoro being one of his three winners from just six starters.
One of those six - Princess Celestia - debuted on Sunday, finishing off gamely for an encouraging fourth.
A stakes placed winner of five races, Jayemzed is by Apache Cat's sire Lion Cavern out of the Jugah mare Te Akau, half-sister to the triple Gr.3 winner Steel Phoenix and to the dam of the stable's recently retired Gr.3 Proud Miss Stakes winner Miss Steele.
Those two stakes winners were also raced by Ralph Zito so it is not hard to imagine what a big thrill it is for him and his family to have Leodoro racing so well!