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Son of Oaks Winner Salutes on Debut
Well-bred 3YO Zardalu made a winning debut in some famous colours at Wagga yesterday. Sporting the Tait family's familiar red and white silks that were carried with distinction by gallopers such as multiple Gr1 winner Tie The Knot, Zardalu belied his stout pedigree to score by 0.1 length for trainer David Blundell in opening race on the card, the maiden plate over 1300 metres. A homebred for the Tait family, Zardalu (New Approach) is just the third foal to race for 2004 Gr1 Australian Oaks winner Wild Iris who has also produced Gr2 Emancipation Stakes winner and VRC Oaks & Australian Oaks runner-up Zanbagh (Bernardini). Wild Iris is a granddaughter of talented filly Fiancee who in turn is by the Tait family's outstanding homebred Baguette, winner of the Golden Slipper, George Main Stakes and Newmarket Handicap among a host of other Gr1 races.