Zephyr — late developer makes her mark

Observer writer

Friday, January 12, 2018

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Zephyr's status of a horse of good merit was confirmed last Saturday when the five-year-old chestnut mare showed maturity, fighting spirit and determination in capturing the $1.15 million St Catherine Cup feature in a nail-biting finish involving three horses desperately trying to reach the wire as a winner.

Trained by Wayne Parchment, Zephyr didn't get it right on her first attempt at this Open Allowance level as she was seven lengths adrift in fifth position behind Money Magnet, Orpheus and Another Bullet over six furlongs (1,200m) on December 16, 2017.

This time Zephyr put every stride right, as the progeny of Nasheet Rushing Force came with a strong run in deep stretch to get up in the nick of time between horses to upset her more fancied rivals in the three-year-old and upward event going five-and-a-half furlongs (1,100m).

Zephyr, under a brilliant ride from Jerome Innis, beat Siempre Bueno by a neck, with Money Magnet a short head away in third place. It was a quick 1:05.2 done for the distance.

Margaret Parchment, representing her son Wayne, commented on the improvement of Zephyr.

“Yeah, she has been brought along very carefully, because she was a late April foal and so we never forced her, just waited for her to come on by herself; we are very pleased with her improvement and hopefully if nothing goes wrong with her, she will continue to improve.

“It was good…the performance was very good. I mean, she had a weight allowance as she went with 51.5 kg which was good, but what I liked about her was that when she started to hesitate, the jockey asked her and she went on again, which showed me that she will further improve,” Parchment told The Supreme Racing Guide.

When asked how good she thinks Zephyr is, Parchment said that with her late maturity, it would be very difficult to tell, but she believes there is more room for improvement.

“It is hard to say when they are maturing late, as they will continue to improve if they don't have any injuries, and she doesn't. Zephyr is a sound horse,” said Parchment.

Siempre Bueno (Anthony Thomas) shot into the early lead and brought the field into the lane as he looked all over the winner when he kicked on in deep stretch. However, inside the last half-furlong (100m) Money Magnet on the outside and Zephyr came with late surges, with Zephyr getting the job done in this very close contest.




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