Dragonzone (Pendragon – Zona, by Zabeel) has shown tremendous durability to record his third win in as many weeks in Wednesday’s Patinack Farm Handicap (2300m) at Newcastle.
The four-year-old broke his maiden in solid fashion at Kembla Grange on July 21 before reeling off consecutive metropolitan wins at Australian Turf Club meetings in the past eight days.
Dargonzone settled in the second half of the field before grinding home over the top of the Chris Waller-trained placegetters Black Jag (Excites – I’m A Showoff, by Thunder Gulch) and Mohtashem (Haafhd – Showering, by Danehill) to win by a half head.
James Cummings, stable foreman for master trainer Bart Cummings said Dragonzone’s recent exertions had taken some acceleration out of the gelding’s legs but added the half-brother to Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) winner Faint Perfume (Shamardal – Zona, by Zabeel) could have a chance to win Stakes events of his own during the upcoming Sydney spring period.
“Every we horse that we have saddled up by Pendragon has managed to salute somewhere in their career so far so we hope this horse can be the flag-bearer for him in the future,” he said.
“He switches off. He has had a lot of hard racing recently so maybe has was a little bit more dour today but they certainly ran along and with the strong headwind, he knuckled down and got there.
“If we see him again this preparation, we won’t produce him until September. There might be a nice Stakes race there for him over a mile and a half.”
Dragonzone is one of 11 individual winners sired by Pendragon (Elnadim – Alacrity, by Grosvenor) and the third foaled by a Zabeel (Sir Tristram – Lady Giselle, by Nureyev) mare.
Think Big Stud will stand Pendragon for $11,000 (inc GST) in the 2012 breeding season.