Leodoro Flies Fresh
Mar 19, 2017
It was win number five from just 15 starts for the talented and consistent galloper at Leodoro at Yarra Valley on Sunday, the five-year-old in great form, enjoying his runs being spaced.
Successful at three of his last five, the flashy bay appreciated a step up to 1200m having done his best work late over 1000m at Moonee Valley just over four weeks previously.
"We have been keeping him fresh and it is working well," Michael Kent said, keen to praise jockey Ethan Brown who timed Leodoro's run to perfection.
"He has a rare talent to be very patient in the running," Kent said.
Settling at the rear from the outside gate, Leodoro had horses in front of him straightening but Brown bided his time and when the split came the horse took it with great enthusiasm, bursting through and racing clear to win by a soft 2 1/2 lengths.
"I didn't expect to get that far back," Brown reported, "but there was a bit of pace on and we were able to follow the second favourite into the race."
Leodoro's happy owners - who also bred him - were on course to welcome their much loved horse back to scale with Ralph & Peta Zito's grandchildren also enjoying the win!
Leodoro is a very special horse being by Jayemzed who was bred and raced by the Zito family and named after their late son Joel Matthew.
And they also raced Leodoro's dam White Gold who has been producing lovely types by the exciting Tasmanian based stallion Needs Further. Meanwhile her three-year-old Gold Phoenix, a full sister to Leodoro, was a game and somewhat unlucky third at Launceston last week.