Impressive Sunshine Coast maiden winner Zoff Of The World is living proof that you never stop learning in the wonderful world of horse racing.
The son of Zoffany cleared maidens at only his fifth start and it’s fair to say he had been unlucky not to win his first start when he was a luckless third at his debut on the Sunshine Coast in July last year when eventual winner Pursuits took his line just as the horse was mounting what was a winning run.
But the remarkable thing about Zoff Of The World was a discovery made following the horse’s second up run for fifth last August.
John Meagher trains the horse is partnership with his son Chris and recalled that Zoff Of The World pulled up with a small amount of blood in one nostril. A post-race veterinary examination determined the bleeding was the result of external trauma.
“Our vet Leticia Kelly was at the stables a couple of days later and insisted that we scope the horse as a precaution. Thank goodness that she did because we found that he had the head from a thistle trapped up his nose.
“I’ve been training for a long, long time and have never heard of anything like this. He must have had the thing stuck up his nose for a fairly long period and you can imagine how irritating it would have been,” said John.
Zoff Of The World has had three starts back as a three-year-old and apart from an awful fresh-up run when he resented blinkers, he has run well for the Sunshine Coast win and a nice second behind talented three-year-old Deep Image at Doomben.
“He’s a very nice horse but he really needs racing,” said John Meagher. ”He still does plenty wrong in his races and that’s something that will only be corrected by more race day experience. Once he gets a bit of ringcraft we are confident that he will stretch out in distance and in six months’ time he will have no problems with 2000 metres or more.”
Purchased out of the March QTIS Sale in 2014 by Grant Morgan of Ontrack Thoroughbreds, Zoff OF The World is from the first crop of shuttle stallion Zoffany from the Galileo mare Tequilakoko.
“Ontrack was approached by Adam Shepherd from the Brisbane Racing Club’s young members group to find a horse to be trained at Eagle Farm and we bought Zoff Of The World for that group. Ontrack co-promoted the colt to our client base completed the ownership group to race the colt.
“He was a big strong colt at the sales with a fantastic temperament and you could see that he would fill out and grow into a pretty impressive three year-old and that’s what has happened,” said Grant Morgan.
“The Meaghers have had an opinion of him the whole way through but he has had develop and strengthen and that’s why he did not debut until late July. He is still learning his craft and what he has achieved to date is all based on natural ability. We are confident that once he learns a bit more about racing he will develop into a nice staying horse,” said Grant Morgan.
“We won’t do too much more with him this preparation and he is likely to have only one more outing before heading out for another break to develop and strengthen. We would like to think that next time in he will prove competitive in some of the nice races for staying three-year-olds during the Brisbane winter carnival. and we will point him towards the Queensland Derby”
"He has a similar profile to last years Derby winner Eagle Way. If he can progress the same way and collect a Saturday Metro 3yo race before a break, he would certainly earn a crack at the Derby."
Congratulations to Zoff Of The World’s owners: Ontrack Thoroughbreds No 1 Syndicate, FFoz Racing, Anne Wade, Prof James Dale, Kathryn Adams, Erin Barclay, Christine Chapman, David Dawson, We’re The One Percenters Syndicate, Sharon Harris, Steve Kirkham, Mark Lowe, Allan and Brenda Satchell, Len Stone, Stewart Taylor, Alan Jackson, Ken Stocks, Prof Terry Walsh.