Zacinto is leading the way
It is no mean feat to head sire charts in New Zealand and Australia at the same time but Inglewood Stud’s emerging young stallion Zacinto is doing just that; at the time of writing in late July the son of Dansili is sitting on top of the NZ Second Season Sire chart whilst in Australia he is leading the way on the AEI (average earnings index) ladder.
From just 36 runners to date, Zacinto has been represented by 18 individual winners (ten of whom are multiple winners (including the New Zealand 2000 Guineas-Gr.1, 1600m winner Ugo Foscolo (now in training with Gai Waterhouse) who has looked so good winning five of his seven starts to date, also successful at Group Two and Listed level.
Zigwig is another who knows how to find the line in good company, claiming a Listed race at two and earlier this year winning two in a row over 1600m and 2100m prior to a luckless run in the NZ Oaks -Gr.1, 2400m.
Meanwhile in Australia, Odeon is exciting connections winning four of his 12 starts so far, taking out the Mornington Guineas and dominating over 2000m at Caulfield in late April prior to a gutsy third as favourite in the South Australian Derby- Gr.1, 2500m. And we know how strong that form is with second in that race being Ruthven who at his next outing won the Queensland Derby-Gr.1, 2400m by a stunning 3 3/4 lengths.
Flemington winner Navagio is another Zacinto with good talent as his third winner from just four Australian runners, the Darren Weir trained Seento who raced away with a Donald maiden in mid-June.
Back in New Zealand Wize Act has been working his way through the classes winning his last two over sprinting trips and just as promising is Zawhip who has won three in a row despite still racing greenly. “He is proving to be a very versatile stallion,” said Inglewood’s Gus Wigley. “He has left a lot of winners in his first crop of three-year-olds and he has also shown that he can sire a Group One horse which is so important.”
Well received in the sales ring, Zacinto’s yearlings have sold for up to $240,000 including the $180,000 day one sale topper at this year’s Karaka Select Sale, a colt purchased by the Hong Kong based Kangyu International Racing. Meanwhile his average at Karaka this year was an impressive eleven times service fee.
“He is a very good looking horse,” Wigley said, “and he throws that to his progeny which is obviously important come sale time. He leaves them with plenty of muscle, great bone, powerful gaskins and very attractive heads. Though it is generally their walk that grabs buyers’ attention.”
A horse who kicked off his racing career in spectacular style, Zacinto was an eight length debut winner at Sandown, two starts later taking out a Listed contest over a mile at Goodwood.
He went on to finish second to Rip Van Winkle in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes-Gr.1, 8f at Ascot and was thought highly enough of to contest the Breeders’ Cup Mile-Gr.1 won by Goldikova, unfortunately pulling up lame from that assignment.
He again ran into that champion mare when a game fourth to her in the Queen Anne Stakes-Gr.1, 8f at the famed Royal Ascot meeting.
Whilst losing his way a bit prior to retirement, there was no doubting Zacinto’s natural talent and turn of foot. “He did not always have the best of luck,” noted trainer Sir Michael Stoute, “but I always had faith in him.”
Zacinto is one of 153 stakes winners for Danehill’s wonderful son Dansili who has well and truly made his mark on the international racing scene with his best including the multiple Group One winners Flintshire, Proviso, The Fugue, Laughing, Dank and Rail Link.
In this part of the world he has fared especially well; in Australia represented by 34 winners from just 42 starters, and an amazing 11 stakes winners including the Group One gallopers Foreteller and Grand Marshal.
As a sire of sires Dansili is already making his mark with Rail Link (sire of Australian Cup-Gr.1, 2000m winner Spillway), Strategic Prince and Zoffany all siring Group One winners whilst Thousand Words, Bated Breath, Famous Name, Delegator and Harbinger are siring Group and Listed winners.
Bred on the same Dansili/Mr Prospector cross as the big race winners Proviso, La Collina, Epicurus, Spillway, Zoffany, Emulous and Zambezi Sun, Zacinto is out of the Group Three placed Distant View (broodmare sire of 49 stakes winners) mare Ithaca.
The dam of five winners from as many to race, she is a daughter of the Epsom Oaks-Gr.1, 12f and Ascot Fillies’ Mile-Gr.1 heroine Reams Of Verse whose six to race have all been winners including the triple Group winner Eagle Poise and the Listed winner Many Volumes.
This has been a prolific stakes performing family over generations, its other members including the Group One gallopers Elmaamul (sire of three Group One winners), Zafonic (highly successful sire of 82 stakes winners), Midday, Announce, Prohibit and, Regal Parade.
Taking over the reins of the family’s Inglewood Stud in 2012, Gus and Bianca Wigley have bred 16 runners (the oldest being just four) since that time, twelve of whom are winners including the stakes winners Ugo Foscolo, Zigwig and Replique. Gus’ great grandfather purchased the North Canterbury property, establishing it as a stud in 1938, making Inglewood the oldest stud standing a stallion in all of New Zealand.