|Victorian trainer Robert
Smerdon is understood to have agreed to travel to America with the exciting jumper Zabenz
when that horse embarks on an international career in the next month.
It is reported that Smerdon will travel with Zabenz when the
talented jumper heads to America and the trainer would be out of the country for atleast
Zabenz was sold for a deal worth a reported $250,000 after
he scored a dashing runaway win in the recent Grand National Hurdle at Flemington at just
his third start over the obstacles.
His new owner, the former kiwi and now European based
Michael Watts, is believed to have expressed his interest in having Smerdon travel to the
United States to continue training the son of Zabeel.
Already connections have their eyes set on some feature jumping events in
America, where he is expected to step out at Arlington and Saratoga.
Zabenz has only contested three jumps races - a Trial
Hurdle at Flemington, a Restricted Hurdle at Moonee Valley and the Grand National, again
at Flemington - and he was won the lot in impressive style.
The exact days for Smerdon and Zabenz's departure is yet to
be finalised. It is also unknown exactly how long Smerdon will be out of the country, but
that will most likely depend on how the New Zealand bred galloper performs in his initial
PICS - Quentin