“Problem child” Zoff Of The World finally put everything together to score an emphatic win at Ipswich on Friday.
The John Meagher-trained son of Zoffany has caused his connections plenty of angst with wayward behaviour before and during many of his racings, but he showed the benefits of the patience and experience of his trainer at Ipswich.
Managing Director of Ontrack Thoroughbreds Grant Morgan said Zoff Of The World has been a classic example of the need to develop and nurture a young horse.
“He has his share of ability and has always shown something, but he has been a horse that gets wound up pre-race and often wants to race too fiercely.
patient in trying a variety of gear on the horse and they have finally got him settled and starting to deliver on some of that early promise.
“In many large stables, a horse like Zoff would simply be a victim to the system because some adopt a ‘one size fits all’ approach. We reckon he’s got the ability to stretch out to a middle distance but before you do that the horse has to learn and develop racing manners and Ipswich showed he is doing that.”
Grant Morgan praised rider Michael Cahill’s input with the horse.
“Michael rode him three times before Ipswich, but missed the win due to commitments at the Sunshine Coast Friday night meeting.
“Michael is a great rider with fantastic hands, and his experience and advise proved extremely important in getting Zoff back to the winner’s stall.
“Ontrack appreciates the understanding and patience from our ownership with Zoff and hopefully there’s more success in store,” said Grant Morgan.
Trainer John Meagher said Zoff Of The World had been a work in progress, but he was grateful that the tide appeared to be turning.
“He’s had ability all along, but he had been his own worst enemy most times. He would often get badly stirred up before his races and when he got on the track he simply wanted to rush out of the gates and go flat out.
“We’ve tried some gear changes in his trackwork and race day gear and that looks to be working. The ear muffs have probably made the biggest difference so it’s upwards and onwards.
“He’s a horse with his fair share of ability and I reckon there’s still physical improvement to come with him so he could develop into a useful stayer.
“He is a son of Zoffany out of a Galileo mare and has only just turned four, so the best is probably yet to come,” said John Meagher.
Contratulations to our owners in Zoff Of The World: Ontrack Thoroughbreds No I Syndicate, FFoz Syndicate, Anne Wade and Jean Weston, 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, Babu No 2 Syndicate.