Zac De Boss’s racing manners have surprisingly helped him become a sprinter of promise down the Flemington straight course.
Refusing to settle in his races has surprisingly helped Zac De Boss find his niche for trainer Simon Zahra.
Zac De Boss is a son of Zacinto, who largely produces middle distance or staying types, but the gelding has emerged as a consistent sprinter this time in.
Zahra formerly thought of Zac De Boss as a type that would race best over 1400m or further but the four-year-old’s racing manners changed the Flemington trainer’s thinking.
“He seems to pull too hard and over-race so he can struggle to breathe over 1400m so the quicker the races, the better he relaxes and the better he breathes,” Zahra said.
“When he won at Sandown over 1300 (m – three starts back), he ran along quick and was able to breathe so I thought after that I’d keep him to the sprints.”
Zahra’s decision has produced a solid return.
Zac De Boss ran fifth in a Grand Handicap down the Flemington straight on March 19 before returning on Anzac Day for a good second to Beehunter.
Zac De Boss will drop from Benchmark 78 grade to Benchmark 70 level in Saturday’s Off The Track Community Trophy (1100m).
A four week break between runs will also help the gelding’s chances.
“He’s gone to a level we probably didn’t think he’d be at,” Zahra said.
“He’s also enjoying having his runs spaced so he looks great at the moment, even after seven runs in.
“He’s handled being kept fresh and he has a good turn of foot.”
Barrier one is often not the best place to draw down the Flemington straight course.
But Zahra said Zac De Boss should still be hard to beat from the inside gate with even luck.
“The barrier isn’t ideal in barrier one down the straight but he is back in grade a bit,” Zahra said.
“He’s going really well but he’s just going to need a bit of luck from barrier one.”
Zac De Boss is a $7 chance to win the last race of Saturday’s meeting with apprentice Matthew Cartwright in the saddle.
Originally published as New sprinter Zac De Boss chasing a Flemington straight-track win before spell