Zabebe looks an exciting prospect for the future

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 February, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 February, 2005, 12:00am

The patient approach taken by John Size towards promising Zabebe has underlined his opinion of the gelding, whose effort in an all-weather trial earlier this week suggest his winning ways look set to continue.

The speedy son of Zabeel cruised to victory over the minimum journey on his second outing earlier this term and was immediately given a spell for a month following his success. He came back into work about two months ago and has been given a steady preparation.

Douglas Whyte was on board for this all-weather trial and led for most of the way, but was kept firmly on the bridle all the way to the wire. It was a brilliant piece of work and he clearly looks an exciting prospect for the future.

Zabebe competed in the second of two heats on Tuesday and it was actually won by Dennis Yip Chor-hong's X-Speed.

He was due to trial following an 'unacceptable' performance on his last outing, but there was nothing disappointing . He came through to win the heat well, especially considering he is eligible to compete in the lowest grade.

Mangrove had the blinkers applied, a piece of gear he hasn't competed with, and he too moved well. He is certainly one to consider if the gear change is applied the next time he steps out.

Whyte also won the opening trial aboard Sharki, who has come back this preparation working exceptionally well. He hasn't competed since the end of November, but displayed plenty of zest when quickening soon after straightening when allowed a little rein from the Durban Demon.

The progressive galloper is working better than ever and deserves plenty of respect when he steps out next time.

Leading trainer Tony Cruz has also taken his time with lightly raced Diamond Century, who finished second in this heat.

He was basically spelling for the first four months of this season after just having one start for Cruz towards the end of last term.

Cruz appears to have conjured some improvement though, with Diamond Century putting on condition and working strongly all the way to the line.

John Moore's Saint Thomas hit the line purposefully and his work continues to impress.

There hasn't been much to like about the two starts of Foursquare but he showed a little progress when finishing fourth under Eric Saint-Martin.

He is due to run next week and is worth keeping safe based on this piece of work.


Zabebe, Sharki, Diamond Century.