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25/04/02 Adelaide Farewell for La Zoffany
0425lazoffany.jpg (8648 bytes)Top class mare La Zoffany will have her farewell run in Adelaide over the Cup Carnival after scoring a strong win in slow conditions in the listed Matron Stakes at Flemington today.

Winning trainer Danny O'Brien has labelled the Group Two $150,000 Marsh Classic on SA Derby as the "probable" final run for his star performing mare.

La Zoffany is already a winner of the Marsh Classic, but on that occasion O'Brien was far from impressed.

"When she won the Marsh Classic a couple of years ago I finished second with Porto Roca, so atleast this time I will be hoping she does win," he quipped.

0425doliver.jpg (9160 bytes)A five-year-old mare by Zoffany, La Zoffany is owned by Antony Thompson of Widden Stud in New South Wales' Hunter Valley and she is destined for a second tilt at stud.

"She was served by Rory's Jester last season but she failed to get into foal," O'Brien recalled. "It wasn't her or the stallion's fault, she was still racing at the time."

La Zoffany was having her first start since running a close second to the rising talent McBeal in a 2000 metre race for fillies and mares at Flemington on March 11.

Usually a leader in her races, jockey Damien Oliver elected to slot behind the two leaders in the early stages. She remained in that position before shooting to the front during the middle stages of the long home straight.

"The others pinged out a bit too quick for her so it actually turned out best for her just to sit behind them this time," O'Brien added.

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