Just two years ago it seemed that Seymour trainer David Bourne had uncovered a sprinter of exceptional talent and he was determined to take every precaution towards grooming him into a group horse.
Over the past two decades Bourne has always had a knack for uncovering a flagship horse for his small but successful stable, and Zamorar looked to be the next in line.
While city wins came quickly, Zamorar was unable to snare any of the major sprint races either in Melbourne or interstate.
He did, however, continue to show patches of the brilliance that had greatly interested Asian bloodstock agents, and the trainer is still hopeful that the four-year-old gelding can win group 1 and 2 races next season.
”He is a horse that has just had so many setbacks in the past year,” Bourne said.
”Just when we get him to a certain stage something will go wrong.
”In fact he has not won a race since May last year at Caulfield.
”We had the Goodwood Handicap in Adelaide in mind but 10 days before the race, another small nagging problem sees him go back to the paddock.
”Don’t put the boots into him just yet. He’s on the way back and he showed at Flemington [on June 22] that he was very much switched on.”
At Caulfield on Saturday, Zamorar will start in the Sir John Monash Stakes, a race that he is more than capable of winning.
Jamie Mott, who guided Zamorar to second place behind Pago Rock on June 22, is again on board.
Zamorar will be up against Pago Rock as well as Happy Galaxy, who will try to extend his winning streak to five, and Oakleigh Plate winner Mrs Onassis.
Happy Galaxy, who is at the Hawkes stable, is likely to have a short spring campaign before heading to Hong Kong.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.