Stakes company next for zippy Zeletto

“We thought he was the best horse in the race, backed him as if he was the best and he won like the best.”

That was the delighted response of Zeletto’s owners to his stylish victory over 1000 metres at Moonee Valley on Friday evening.

It was the third win from 5 starts for the 3YO son of Snitzel and firmed up plans to line up next in the VRC Moomba Plate LR on Super Saturday, 14 March.

Zeletto is trained by Luke Oliver for a group of owners including old friends Trevor Allsop, Michael Antill, Bill Asani, Jamie Bartling, Matthew Fraser & Bill Vasilopoulos.

Zeletto was bred by William Choy’s Best Western Group from the Anabaa mare Zimaretto, already the dam of 2YO stakeswinner Cruden Bay (by Not A Single Doubt). Now owned by Harry Mitchell of Yarraman Park Stud, Zimaretto has a weanling full sister to Cruden Bay.

Snitzel is already among Australia’s top 10 sires of stakeswinners this season (with seven, including Sweet Idea, Fireworks & Wandjina). He has 24 lots catalogued for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, 1-4 March, including two colts in the Arrowfield draft.

Snitzel colt on target for the Blue Sapphire

 Caulfield trainer Luke Oliver has had a big opinion of Snitzel’s son Zeletto for some time.

It’s an opinion beginning to be more widely shared after the 3YO colt’s dashing second win at Sandown on Wednesday.

Zeletto attracted attention with his 5-length debut victory at Werribee in June, defeating subsequent Flemington winner and stakes performer Zebulon (by All American).

Three weeks later Zeletto split talented filly Royal Snitzel and Berlutti (by Not A Single Doubt) at Caulfield. That form has been franked by Royal Snitzel’s runner-up finish in last month’s MRC Quezette S. G3 and Berlutti’s strong second win, at Sandown last week.

Oliver said after Wednesday’s win, “It feels like he’s the best horse I’ve trained. From day one he’s been so professional and everything he does, he does easily and just keeps stepping up.”

All going well, Zeletto will contest a 1000-metre race later this month before the $250,000 Blue Sapphire on 15 October. Last year’s Blue Sapphire was won by Snitzel’s brilliant daughter Snitzerland.

Zeletto was bred by Harry Mitchell of Yarraman Park Stud, from the Anabaa mare Zimaretto, already the dam of juvenile stakeswinner Cruden Bay (by Not A Single Doubt). Zimaretto is due to foal again to Not A Single Doubt later this month.