Zabeel mare adds Group win to rich pedigree

10 Dec 2016

The well-related Lizzie L'Amour has improved supersire Zabeel's tally of stakes winners to 162 as she has pushed her own value skyward with her successful open class debut at Te Rapa on Saturday.

The progressive four-year-old took a sharp rise in class in her stride when she was untroubled to triumph in the Gr.3 Skycity Hamilton Waikato Cup on Saturday in the hands of regular rider Matt Cameron.

"We ran her out of her grade because she's by Zabeel and we all wanted black type for her," said Murray Baker, who trains the mare at Cambridge with Andrew Forsman.

Lizzie L'Amour, who was making just her eighth race day appearance, was stepping up from a most recent fifth in Rating 75 company.

"I knew she would get the 2400m because Matt covered that trip on her at her last start at Ellerslie," Baker said.

Out of a Sadler's Wells mare, Lizzie L'Amour settled three back on the fence before she was into the clear to improve near the turn and she rounded off strongly in the straight.

"She was as good as we could get her today and she had no weight," Baker said.

Lizzie L'Amour may now make her next appearance in the Gr.3 Laser Plumbing Te Puke City of Auckland Cup at Ellerslie on New Year's Day. - NZ Racing Desk