A Black Type winner this season, Lady Zafira was prepared by John Bary from his private training complex at Hastings
The quality sprinting mare Lady Zafira has been retired to stud and sold in a deal negotiated by this agency.
By Iffraaj – sire of latest 3YO sensation Gingernuts – Lady Zafira won five races from the stable of John Bary, the most important being the 2016 Pegasus Stakes-LR at Riccarton Park in a time of 55.87 seconds for the 1000m.
The mare was also placed third in the 2016 Rotorua Stakes-LR (1400m) and fourth-equal in this year’s Telegraph Handicap-Gr.1 (1200m).
Lady Zafira caught my eye numerous times with her ability to cut out brilliant closing sectionals.
The mare has been sold to an undisclosed buyer and is likely to remain in New Zealand – at least initially – for her career at stud.
Realta, a half-sister to last year’s Group One Queensland Oaks winner Provocative, has changed hands in a deal negotiated by Adrian Clark.
“Nearco Stud bred and sold both Provocative and Realta, only to lose their mother Betwixt, so this mare was an attractive proposition to buy back,” said Clark from his Cambridge NZ base today.
“I am on the outlook for further quality young mares off the track for Nearco Stud. We’ve had success in the past with the likes of Alagant Satin, Floramour, Mill Duckie and Miraculous Miss – they were all bought at the end of their respective racetrack careers,” he added.
Realta has been retired and will be based at Gordon Cunningham’s Curraghmore operation. Her initial mating is yet to be decided.
Realta (Red Giant ex Betwixt, by O'Reilly) during her racing career from the stable of Lance Noble
Belle Amore and Jason Waddell on top today for the Challenge No.6 Syndicate
Belle Amore’s gutsy display to win today over 1400 metres at Te Aroha took Challenge Racehorse Syndication’s winning Strike Rate to 71.42%.
Since being established in 2012, my small Syndication Company has had 14 runners for 10 individual winners and a further 3 placed horses. Just one horse has failed to either win or be placed.
What’s more, the Stakes Winners to starters strike rate is 28.50%. Four of Challenge’s fourteen runners have won at Black Type level and collectively that group of fillies and mares has won 9 Group or Listed Races.