Third time’s a charm for Ze­bu­lon

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By CRAIG BREN­NAN

RIS­ING six-year-old Ze­bu­lon will be hav­ing just his ninth ca­reer start when he lines up in a stakes race at Caulfield to­mor­row.

The Thor­ough­bred Club 50th Stakes (1440m) will be the Peter Mor­gan-trained geld­ing’s first start in 12 months with two ten­don in­juries re­strict­ing Ze­bu­lon to only two starts in the past 2-½ years.

Ze­bu­lon showed po­ten­tial as a three-year-old, con­test­ing the 2014 Caulfield Guineas, be­fore re­turn­ing in Fe­bru­ary 2015 and run­ning sec­ond to San Ni­ca­sio in the Au­tumn Stakes at Caulfield.

The geld­ing suf­fered the first of his ten­don in­juries that year, re­sult­ing in an ex­tended time on the side­lines.

He made a suc­cess­ful re­turn on April 30 last year at Mor­phettville, winning the City Of Ade­laide Hand­i­cap by four lengths, be­fore an­other ten­don in­jury ruled him out again.

Ze­bu­lon showed Mor­gan he was ready for his race­track re­turn with a sec­ond plac­ing to Su­per Cash in Cran­bourne trial on April 21.

“He was beaten four lengths in the trial, but it was in good time, and he ran a quick time him­self,” Mor­gan said. “I happy with that did a lit­tle bit more work on Tues­day. “He’s ready to go.” Mor­gan said a lot of work had gone into get­ting Ze­bu­lon back to the races.

He has made use of the wa­ter walker and tread­mill at his prop­erty in Whit­tle­sea while giv­ing the geld­ing time in the pad­dock to let the ten­don re­cover.

“We used the wa­ter walker and the tread­mill on and off over 12 months,” Mor­gan said.

“He’d go out for a break and come back in, do bit of work, go again.

“It takes about 12 months to get them back.

“He’s in­jured the same ten­don twice but it looks all good now.”

Mor­gan says if Ze­bu­lon comes through Satur­day’s race un­scathed, the geld­ing is likely to be fresh­ened for a shot at $1 mil­lion Group 1 Good­wood (1200m) at Mor­phettville on May 20.

“That was the plan with him last year but it didn’t even­tu­ate,” Mor­gan said.

Mean­while, Mor­gan’s former train­ing part­ner Craig Wid­di­son col­lected his first success as a trainer in own right with Willi Willi’s win at Sandown on Wed­nes­day.

Wid­di­son branched out his own just over four months ago af­ter four years in a train­ing part­ner­ship with Mor­gan at Whit­tle­sea to re­turn home to Wodonga and take over the sta­bles of Brian Cox.

“It’s a good lifestyle up there and it’s to have the fam­ily back home,” Wid­di­son said. “It’s all go­ing well.” Wid­di­son had a suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship with Mor­gan with vic­to­ries at stakes level horses like Star Rolling, Oa­sis Bloom and Elop­ing.

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