Blundell’s Bargain buy knocking on the door at Wagga

Gundagai trainer David Blundell.
Image courtesy of the Cootamundra Times.

There wouldn’t be a Southern Districts galloper as consistent without winning this preparation as the David Blundell-trained Zabellsareringing.

Having started 12 times for one win and eight minor placings, the Zariz gelding has been up for seven starts this preparation and has been knocking on the door of a well-deserved victory, finishing runner-up on five occasions. 

In fact, he’s finished second at his past three starts, and with Kayla Nisbet in the saddle, was runner-up in a 1600m Class Three at Canberra on January 12 before another second-place finish in the 2000m Class One/Maiden Plate at Albury on February 1. 

The Gundagai galloper stepped back in distance last start, and Danny Beasley took the ride. 

Again, he ran a good second in the 1600m Benchmark 58 Handicap at Goulburn on February 15.

On Tuesday, Nisbet is back in the saddle at Wagga, and Zabellsareringing ($4 favourite) steps back up to ten furlongs when taking on the Benchmark 58 Handicap. 

Blundell, who said the six-year-old’s best is ahead of him, expects another good run at Wagga.

“He will run a good race,” Blundell told NSW Country and Picnic Racing. 

“He is a consistent bugger, and he tries, but next time in, he will go a little better. 

“He can be that little bit anxious, but he’s got that bit of Zariz in him, and he’ll come good with more use and being out there.”

A ‘cheap buy’, which has won connections over $50,000, it was David’s wife Leah who stumbled across Zabellsareringing when he was a very young colt.

“I bought the horse when he was six months old,” Leah Blundell said. 

“I looked at him and thought he looked a lot like another Zariz gelding we raced called Thistledo.

“I like Zariz, and we’ve had plenty of good Zariz horses in the stable.

“He was a nice little horse, and we had him broken in at Holbrook and when he came back, we gelding him.”

Zabellsareringing races in the same green and yellow silks as 10-time winner, Light Machine, which Blundell raced with much success in the 1990’s. 

A multiple-city winner who won the 1996 Corowa Cup, Leah Blundell was quick to see if Paul Leseberg wanted to get involved in the ownership. 

“I rang a few people that I thought would want to race him, and Paul Leseberg was interested, and he got his son Wes and Wes’ wife Danielle involved in the horse,” Blundell said. 

“I also rang Mick Doyle, and he said he had enough horses, which he probably does, but that his wife (Ruth) would go in.”

The Blundell stable will race two chances at Wagga on Tuesday, with Brie Brie set to accompany Zabellsareringing when making her stable debut in the 1600m Maiden Handicap. 

The Fiorente mare, who last raced at Bendigo on February 11, didn’t show a whole lot in Victoria for Matt Cumani, but she will get her chance in the Gundagai stable.