Jan 29, 2015
The stable's great run continued at Ballarat on Wednesday with a winning double - Gilago successful early in the day and Zadon a few races later proving too strong in the BM64 1600m event.
Having only his second run back from a spell, the lightly raced and promising son of Zabeel was sent out an odds-on favourite having really caught the eye with a fast-finishing first up third at Sandown two weeks previously.
Appreciating a step up in distance, Zadon jumped smartly for Ben Melham and was always travelling well just off the leader.
Hitting the front early in the straight, Zadon had a fight on his hands as the challenges came but he just kept digging and was easily holding his rivals at bay - saluting by half a length with plenty in hand.
Ridden upside down to suit the day, Zadon is a better horse from back in the field but jockey Ben Melham read the race well.
"The wide gate and the big weight was a big of a concern as it looked like it could be a sticky race on paper," he explained.
"So when he jumped well I was happy to get him across and rest him through the breeze."
The stable's Don Healy was also happy - "when you look at the head-wind he was racing into it was a good win, he has done well."
"He was always going to win," he continued - "he is a good horse."
Melham agreed, noting that "he was obviously the best horse in the race."
A two times winner from just seven starts with plenty more to come, Zadon was a bargain $80,000 Melbourne Premier purchase out of a 3/4 sister to the European star Zafonic.
Congratulations to his owners Bill Caplice, Anita Caplice, Elizabeth Caplice, Julianne Caplice, Charles Macek, Graeme McGregor, Joy McGregor, Brian Beattie, Paul Thomas, Adam Warren, Bearman Racing, Village People and Maria Van Wegen.