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Gr1 Test for Promising Son of Zabeel
Meanwhile, progressive Kiwi galloper Von Tunzelman (Zabeel-J'Adane, by Danehill) faces the toughest test of his short career when he makes his Gr1 debut in the Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie today, reports NZ Racing Desk. "He's not well off at weight-for-age and is still a bit green and immature, but he's an up and comer and a fit horse," his rider Leith Innes said. Trained by Roger James for breeder-owners Brendan and Jo Lindsay, Von Tunzelman has won four of his 10 starts with his most recent outing resulting in a strong win in the Listed Kaimai Stakes (2000m) at Matamata. Innes acknowledged the significant step up in class facing Von Tunzelman and he said it was only a matter of time before the grey-hued 4YO made his mark at the top level. "Regardless of what he does this week, he should be knocking on the door in these sorts of races next year," he said. By champion sire Zabeel, Von Tunzelman is the second foal to race from former smart racemare J'Adane (Danehill), who was placed three times at Gr1 level in the Mudgway Stakes (behind champion Kiwi mare Seachange) & Kelt Capital Stakes (behind Princess Coup) in New Zealand, as well as the Gr1 Winter Stakes (behind Nova Star) in Queensland.