Benjamin Kwok’s patience with $2,300 gavelhouse.com buy Zenvo was rewarded at Te Aroha on Wednesday with the four-year-old Zacinto mare notching up her first win.
Bought online from Windsor Park Stud as a two-year-old having been broken in and out spelling, Zenvo’s win came at her 10th start and is a welcome pedigree update with Kwok also owning her yearling half-sister from the first crop of speedy Karaka Million winner Vespa.
Zenvo went into the race coming off the back of a luckless third placing at Avondale last month having been posted wide without cover for the duration.
With Troy Harris aboard at Te Aroha over the 1,400, Zenvo was the widest runner of all on the turn into the straight but let down impressively for a half-length victory ahead of Honfleur and Evana Rahma.
“It was a fast track and they were just getting their toe in but she has pulled up well,” commented Zenvo’s Cambridge-based trainer Teevor Da Cruz.
“Going forward with her we will have a think but I am looking to step her up over a mile and there are a couple of races that will suit her.”
Zenvo is the only foal to race from the Falkirk mare Shehad who is a three-quarter sister to stakes winner Catreign (Tale of the Cat).
The latest gavelhouse.com New Zealand auction is online now featuring 38 Lots including yearlings, tried and untried racing stock and broodmare packages. Bidding will close from 7pm Monday 18 February. Off the back of another 100% clearance result for gavelhouse.com Australia, entries for the next fortnightly auction are due by 7pm Monday also.