The Anthony Cummings-trained Melbourne Cup 2009 contender Zavite is in top shape for his resumption in Saturday’s Group Two Warwick Stakes.
Seven-year-old Zavite, who was recently crowned NSW Stayer of the Year, has pleased Cummings ahead of the 1400-metre feature at Randwick.
“Weight-for age is not his go and neither is 1400 but he is very well and where we want him to be at this stage of a Melbourne Cup campaign,” Cummings said.
“We’re just looking to see him hit the line nicely and we’ll be happy.”
Zavite failed to beat a runner home last start in the Listed JRA Plate (2000m) at Randwick in April.
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He was found to be sore across the back after the race and the injury ended Cummings’ plans to run him in the Sydney Cup (3200m) a week later.
The year started brilliantly for Zavite who had wins in three states.
He won the Listed Australia Day Cup (2400m) at Randwick in January before running a head second to Gotta Keep Cool in the Group Three Hobart Cup (2200m) a month later.
Zavite stayed in Tasmania and won the Group Three Launceston Cup (2400m) next start.
He then proved himself over the Melbourne Cup distance of 3200 metres when he won the Group Two Adelaide Cup in March.
Nash Rawiller rode Zavite in his three-state campaign but returns to ride for his boss Gai Waterhouse in the Warwick Stakes in which the premier trainer has the favourite Dreamscape.
Tim Clark takes over aboard Zavite on Saturday but Rawiller has ridden the Zabeel gelding in both of his recent barrier trials.
TAB Sportsbet has Zavite at $41 in its early Melbourne Cup market.
Article by Russell Jackson Aapracing