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08/02/02 Zarek Wins - Australia's Best Maiden No Longer
0208zarek.jpg (9512 bytes)Until late yesterday afternoon the Geni Gillis trained Keltrice gelding Zarek was classed as Australia's best maiden performer.

At start number fifteen the three-year-old broke through for his first win at the provincial meeting at Bendigo.

At his five previous runs from city class to Group One standard Zarek had been beaten by Pure Theatre, Manang, Manang, Amalfi and Amalfi respectively.

With Greg Childs aboard the gelding was too classy winning the Pentax Maiden Plate over 1300 metres in great style.

0208vrcderby2001.jpg (12955 bytes)Before winning yesterday Zarek had placed on five occasions and earned prize money of nearly $300,000.

He is best remembered for his nail biting second to Amalfi in the Group One Victoria Derby at Flemington last November. In fact yesterday's race was the first start since then.

Zarek will have his next start in the Group One Australian Guineas on Sunday week and he could be headed to contest some of the feature Sydney staying races if his spring form is recaptured in Melbourne over the coming weeks.

1101doneduardo.jpg (13243 bytes)Meanwhile, later in the afternoon and the record breaking yearling purchase Don Eduardo won his second consecutive race in a Class One Handicap over 1600 metres.

The Lee Freedman trained three-year-old, who cost NZ$3.6 million as a yearling in New Zealand, defeated As She Does by six lengths in the final race.

Damien Oliver, fresh back from suspension, was in the saddle.

Freedman is hoping the colt can progress to Group One class. He is nominated for both the Group One Australian Guineas in Melbourne and Australian Derby in Sydney.

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