Dec 19, 2016
Flashy chestnut Bo Zephyr never looked in any doubt as he travelled kindly back in distance at Echuca on Monday, the three-year-old really looking the goods as he raced away to a soft 2 1/2 length maiden victory.
Dropping back from a mile to 1400m, the son of Keep The Faith appreciated a truer tempo and once he hooked out into the clear from before the turn he was never going to get beaten.
"He is a horse who go a bit hard so the good barrier made all the difference," said jockey Jye McNeil, noting that the cover gained in the first half of the race ensured that Bo Zephyr had plenty left in the tank at the end.
Trapped wide before working forward at his previous outing, Bo Zephyr had been unable to finish off but he was strong to the line this time with plenty still to figure out.
"He is still learning to relax and be a racehorse," McNeil said.
"It was a strong win," the stable's Reid Balfour added, joking that "we would've been happy if he'd won by half a length but we'll take that!"
A home-bred for the Smith family, Bo Zephyr is the fifth and final foal produced by the two times winning Swamp King mare Acapulco Princess who also produced three winners by God's Own; Righteous Ruler, Merida Zeus and Forgive Me.