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Quirky but talented Zest retired to stud

Zest, who won four times for the Club, has
now officially been retired from racing and will
shortly be joining David and Trish Brown at
Furnace Mill Stud. Zest looked a smart twoyear-old,
when landing her maiden at
Haydock in determined fashion and trainer
James Fanshawe hoped that our daughter of
Duke Of Marmalade would scale greater
heights the following season as a three-yearold.
Indeed, Zest’s work was so encouraging
that she received an entry in the 1,000
Guineas, but unfortunately, her performances
on the racecourse failed to match the obvious
ability she showed at home and her only win
that season came in a handicap at
Nottingham off a mark of 82.
The following season, as a four-year-old, Zest
gained all-important black type, when
finishing third in the Listed Snow Drop Fillies’
Stakes at Kempton behind subsequent Group
3 winner, Aljazzi. Later that year, Zest finished
second in a Listed race at Lingfield, thus
proving how much happier she seemed on an
artificial surface. Zest won again just before
Christmas last year and her final success
came in February, when she won a Conditions
race at Lingfield in good style. Zest was
covered by Oasis Dream soon after that
success and despite running another three
times, she never really looked like hitting the
frame again.