In training

Zarwaan

Bay Colt
DOB: 30 Mar 2011
Dutch Art x Develyn (Pivotal)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum

This good-looking son of Dutch Art was purchased from the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sales and is out of the unraced mare Develyn. He is from the further family of Dublino, who won the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks and was placed in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Fillies and Mares Handicap, the Grade 2 Beverley Hills Handicap and the Group 3 Prix de la Grotte.

Zarwaan ran twice at two, winning at Haydock over 6f on his second start having made a promising introudction when fourth at the July Course in June. He beat five future winners when breaking his maiden tag. 

Zarwaan was stepped up in trip last summer, finishing second to subsequent Jersey Stakes runner-up Muwaary on his reappearance at Newbury before running a gallant second in the red-hot Silver Bowl at Haydock on very testing ground next time out. 

He then finished fifth in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot, which is usually the most competitive 1m three-year-old handicap of the season. The form of that race has proved predictably solid with the runner-up, Bow Creek, winning a Group 2 in Ireland in the autumn and the third, Hors De Combat, running third in the Group 2 Joel Stakes in September. Zarwaan made his final start of last summer at Newmarket in July, finishing fourth in Listed company.

Zarwaan made his reappearance at Doncaster in March, running an excellent race to finish sixth in the Lincoln having been well-supported for the traditional Flat curtain-raser in the weeks prior. He broke well, travelled superbly, was checked a little at a crucial stage and couldn't quite match the stamina reserves of the winner and placed horses inside the last furlong.

Given how well he moves through his races, we dropped Zarwaan back to 7f on his next start start in the Victoria Cup. He once again acquitted himself commendably, finishing seventh having been up with a blistering early gallop in a contest where the placed were held-up early.

Zarwaan proved there was still life in his mark when landing a Newcastle handicap under the welter burden of ten stone in June, coming with a sustained late run under Paul Hanagan despite the field only raising a moderate gallop in the early stages. 

Raised to a mark of 109, Zarwaan returned to Listed company at Chester on his next start. However, he was handed a poor draw and the race wasn't run to suit, although he was beaten less than two lengths. 

Zarwaan once again ran gallantly in handicap company at Ascot next time, while he finished runner-up at Lingfield in September in conditions company.

Returned to Listed level at Redcar in October, Zarwaan notched a maiden first success at the level when fending off So Beloved by three-quarters of a length. This was a richly deserved first win for a horse who has proved a model of consistency all year. 

Link to form and entries  (courtesy of the Racing Post; opens in a new window)



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  • 10th September 2015