“She’s an impressive looking mare and has the right attitude and good ability. No need to jump too high just yet. Hopefully, in time, she’ll get to the right level. I’d like to get her through to Saturday grade and next preparation through to stakes company.’’
Zaniah made her debut for Lees with a dominant maiden win over 1000m at Taree on June 7, then a bit over two weeks later repeated the dose in a 900m class 1 at Scone, both with Aaron Bullock in the saddle.
In the latter win, Zaniah clocked a slick 32.92 for her last 600m (Punter’s Intelligence), more than two lengths faster than anything else in that race.
Bullock has been on board in both her trials this preparation and, while Hugh Bowman takes over at Warwick Farm, said she had come back at least as well as she had earlier this year.
Lees said he was wary Zaniah had come back from nasal sinus surgery and epiglottic entrapment surgery and was resuming at a trip she had yet to be proven at.
“She just had a bit of a throat issue but she came with it so we just had it rectified and she seems fine,’’ he said.
“She’s going to 1100m so we wanted to have her ready. I considered running last Saturday but I thought it was a bit of an ask and she should stay in her grade.’’
It will be an interesting test for Zaniah as she meets another emerging filly in the unbeaten Super Longlea coming off two provincial wins.
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