Highly regarded three-year-old Snazzytavi to make a perfect start to her career with a runaway victory in the T W Moore Maiden (1400m) at Rotorua on Sunday.
The Cambridge Stud-raced Tavistock filly was quickly into stride to sit outside the leader and, despite racing greenly, coasted clear to score by five-and-a-half lengths in the hands of Joe Kamaruddin.
Graham Richardson and Rogan Norvall have lofty goals for the filly including the Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) as a long-term target.
“She was very impressive and I didn’t think she would win so well. She doesn’t know what she’s doing yet, but I do think a lot of her,” Richardson said.
“Her main goal will be the Oaks, although I haven’t discussed it yet with Brendan and Jo (Lindsay) and it will be entirely up to them.
“There’s a lot of three-year-old fillies’ races for her before the Oaks like the Eulogy Stakes (Gr.3, 1600m) and the Royal Stakes (Gr.2, 2000m).”
Bred by Suncroft Bloodstock, Snazzytavi is by the late Cambridge Stud sire Tavistock out of the six-time race winning mare and Listed NZ St Leger winning Zabeel mare Ritzy Lady, a cross that has proven extremely successful.