An all the way winner at Bendigo at her only previous run, Zizzis appreciated being ridden off the speed and produced a great turn of foot in the straight to win and continue an incredible Magic Millions run for Prime Thoroughbreds.
Winning trainer Patrick Payne said the filly had always shown good ability and looked to have a bright future ahead.
“She’s got a great attitude,” Payne said of the Sizzling filly. “She’s a real professional – she really wants to please you.”
“We led on her at Bendigo and we didn’t think it was the right thing to do, so we decided to take a sit (today) to get the 1200 metres and she did the job beautifully,” Payne added.
Zizzis was purchased by Prime Thoroughbreds from breeder Edinburgh Park at last year’s Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $120,000. She is the eighth Magic Millions feature race winner to be syndicated by Joe O’Neill.
“In the last five years I’ve bought my trainers in Victoria and Tasmania 10 yearlings that have raced for nine winners and they’ve won five Magic Millions races,” O’Neill said.
“We love Magic Millions, they’ve been very good to us over the years. We have really embraced the Magic Millions concept and we set our horses for the Magic Millions races and we win them.”
“She’s a beauty this filly. I had her sister in Tasmania and she hurt herself. The half brother won five races in Hong Kong last season.”
“I’ll talk to Patrick Payne but I wouldn’t mind taking her to Sydney – there’s a 1200 metre fillies race on the week after the Doncaster. I think we might take her up there and shake up the New South Welshman a bit,” O’Neill added.
Popular Victorian jockey Billy Egan was all smiles after the race – delighted to have captured South Australia’s richest juvenile race.
Meanwhile, local rising sprint star It’s Been a Battle scored the biggest win of her short career when she led throughout to win the listed Matrice Stakes (1200m) later in the afternoon.
At her first run since winning on December 30 last year, It’s Been a Battle showed great fight to hold off a determined challenge from proven stakes winner Stellar Collision.
A six time winner from just 10 starts, It’s Been a Battle is turning out an incredible money spinner for trainer Shane Oxlade who purchased her for $16,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale from the draft of Glenlee.
It’s been a good weekend for the Oxlade stable with It’s Been a Battle’s stablemate Robocop winning on the Parks track at Morphettville on Saturday.
“If you can’t enjoy winning your races there’s something wrong,” an emotional Shane Oxlade said after the race. “This is why you get out bed at half past three every morning.”
“I’ve waited a long time to get one as good as this one goes. And it does go good.””She’s a really nice horse,” Oxlade said of the daughter of Nicconi. “I’m really happy, so happy!”
Today’s meeting provided the perfect launch pad to the 2018 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale which commences at the Morphettville Sales Complex at 10am (SA time) tomorrow (Tuesday).