Richly-bred Lovazou makes grand return

Richly-bred Lovazou makes grand return5 Oct 2023

Well-related filly Lovazou added performance to her pedigree when she made a successful return for us at Geelong.

The Danny O’Brien-trained daughter of Zoustar isn’t the finished product yet, but showed she has an abundance of talent when she won with authority over 1143 metres.

Rider Michael Dee settled her in behind the pace from the inside gate before he angled across heels in the straight and Lovazou did the rest, forging clear to win with a minimum of fuss.

“She’s a filly with a great pedigree and she’s battled a few issues, both mentally and physically,” stable representative Beau Dunn said.

“It was a nice result and she’s a Saturday horse, hopefully she’ll be back to stakes level soon.”

Lovazou finished third on debut in last season’s G3 Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes at Flemington before she suffered a cardiac arrhythmia in the Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes at Sandown and was spelled.

The three-year-old was given two jump-outs to fit her for her return at Geelong.

“Riding her in a race is easy, but she can be a handful getting her out and from the barrier,” successful rider Michael Dee said.

“She jumped into a nice position and did the rest in the straight. She quickened up nicely and I didn’t use the stick, she won with plenty in hand.”

We purchased Lovazou out of Kia Ora Stud’s draft at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for A$400,000 and is a daughter of the multiple winner and Group placegetter Lovani.

She is a half-sister to the Listed Lord Stakes winner Holbein and they are out of the Irish-bred Danehill Dancer mare who was successful three times at Group 3 level and also a three-time Group 1 placegetter.