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.

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Elgin plans same again next season

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The probable plan is to train him again for the Champion Hurdle again next season as this year we didn’t really know just how good he rea)ly was, we do now and his slick jumping has become his main asset.

There has been musings from his trainer about him running on the flat but management have stated in reply to a members letter in the weekly magazine that they want to concentrate on his jumping career yes he could run on the flat but they don’t want to run him on fast summer ground it would be a highly unpopular move with members alot of whom like me are ardent national hunt racing fans and would leave Elite Racing club if it happened you know the saying ”if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” …….

Elgin has made such an impression on me that im booking Cheltenham Festival tickets for Champion Hurdle day next season.

Roll on July when he comes back into training ahead of the new season!

Come on Elgin

Thrilled with him can’t wait for next year

RIP Stars Above Me

We received the terrible news on Friday 2
March that Stars Above Me died whilst foaling
and that we also lost her foal. Of course, this
is the most distressing news you could ever
wish to hear and it seems that we have
endured a fair share of heartache recently,
having lost New Fforest in the same way last
Spring. Linda Coffey at Oak Lodge was
understandably very distressed when relaying
the news and the problem was that the foal
was breached and the situation became
hopeless very quickly. The vets worked
extremely hard to save Stars Above Me and her
foal but in the end, there was nothing that
could be done and the kindest thing was to put
Stars Above Me to sleep.
This is a bitter blow for our Breeding
Programme, as Stars Above Me looked like a
really exciting addition. She was a talented filly
on the racecourse, winning the Saratoga Cup
in America for trainer Graham Motion, after
enjoying an excellent juvenile career with Roger
Charlton. She had just one foal – Circle Of Stars
– who will soon be joining Charlie Fellowes in
Newmarket. Stars Above Me was the best
offspring out of Kalinova and so we will be
hoping that Madison, Kalinova’s good-looking,
un-raced three-year-old daughter, can continue
to fly the flag this year.

I’m absolutely gutted as she was a lovely mare to be involved in lets hope that her only son Circle of Stars can really shine on the racecourse….