Mar 09, 2018
It was a deserved breakthrough for Zarpoya at Pakenham on Thursday evening, the Sepoy three-year-old having been consistent - not always with the best of luck - in the lead up.
Losing a length when striking trouble before rallying for a gallant third at her previous outing at Ballarat, Zarpoya again looked a chance of being a bad luck story early in the Pakenham straight - Nathan Punch needing to manouver her into the clear with a wall of horses in front of her.
Fortunately the split came at the 250m and Zarpoya was quickly away, putting two lengths on her rivals to record an impressive maiden victory.
"She has been a bit of work in progress trying to get her to settle in her races," Punch reported, "but she is relaxing now and has been going really well."
"She hit the line nicely today, she was due that win."
Whilst it took Zarpoya ten starts to win, connections were never really concerned; it was just a matter of "time, maturity and letting her work out the racing caper," according to Beth Schoen.
Raced by a happy group that includes retired popular race caller Greg Miles, Zarpoya was bred locally by Woodside Park Stud. Purchased with Peter Ford at the 2016 Gold Coast Magic Millions, she is out of the imported Rock Of Gibraltar mare Zarzuela.
Served last spring by Zoustar having produced a Written Tycoon colt in mid-September, Zarzuela is a half-sister to the Group One galloper Glass Harmonium (sire of the stable's promising two-year-old Grand Symphony) and the dual Gr.3 winner Arab Spring.
Another of Zarzuela's sisters, the Newmarket winner Holda, is dam of the Canadian Group One winner Blond Me and this is also the family of big race winners Conduit, Spectrum and Petrushka.