Un­likely mil­lion­aire

The Sportsman Weekend - - Chartform - By SHAYNE O’CASS

WHEN Kingston Town and Manikato, soon after, be­came the first horses to break through $1m in earn­ings they were mile­stone mo­ments.

Since then, scores of oth­ers have gone onto join the mil­lion­aires club. Some them go­ing un­no­ticed.

The new­est mem­ber of this elite club is Riziz whose vic­tory in last week­end’s City Ade­laide Hand­i­cap at Mor­phettville Parks saw his earn­ings tick over into seven fig­ures.

And while the oc­ca­sion passed with­out much fan­fare, it was a ma­jor tri­umph for the eight-yearold’s owner/breeder/trainer Ken Sweeney and studmas­ter Stu­art La­mont who stands Riziz’s sire Zariz his Rive­rina prop­erty – Koorin­gal Stud.

“He’s done a very good job given that he’s nearly won nearly all

money in Ade­laide,” La­mont says. “He’s been a very con­sis­tent horse. He puts in a good ef­fort time and he rarely runs a bad race.

“And he’s been good to Ken Sweeney no doubt.

“I’ve known Ken for years from when he was train­ing here at Jer­ilderie for some be­fore he went to Ade­laide.

“He rings up ev­ery year and books a few mares to Zariz, (Riziz’s dam) Priya al­ways one of them.”

Riziz has raced 56 times so far win­ning 15 times with 10 sec­onds and eight thirds.

Among his haul are the Group 3 SAJC Spring Stakes (1400m) and a fur­ther eight Listed wins.

The geld­ing has 10 stakes-plac­ings in­clud­ing his ‘cheeky’ third in the 2014 Group 1 SAJC Good­wood Hand­i­cap and the Group 3 MRC Sir John Monash Stakes on a rare trip across bor­der to Mel­bourne that same year.

“Ken places him very well and ob­vi­ously those sort of horses aren’t that easy to place in Ad- elaide be­cause they are go­ing to mur­dered at the weights and he’s not an overly big horse,” La­mont.

“He’s run some mighty races with some very weights in his time.”

Riziz is one of four stakeswin­ners by Zariz, a Mukkadamah (Storm Bird) son whose own carer high­light came via con­sec­u­tive wins in the Group 2 AJC San Domenico Stakes (1000m) and Group 2 AJC Up And Com­ing Stakes (1200) back in 2000.

The stal­lion’s ver­sa­til­ity is born out by the fact that his sole Group 1 win­ner is Lazer Sharp, win­ning of the SAJC Derby (2500m).

His re­main­ing stakeswin­ners are Syd­ney’s re­cently re­tired grey flash, Zara­tone, and for­mer NSW Cen­tral Dis­tricts star sprinter, Shi­raz.

The quar­tet raced an in­cred­i­ble 184 times be­tween them claim­ing a col­lec­tive to­tal of 47 wins and $2.8m in shared earn­ings.

“He can get that sort of horse and he just keeps com­ing up with winners,” says La­mont.

“And so many of the Zariz’s, they just don’t just win one race – are good enough to go through the classes.

“A lot of stal­lions can pro­duce a horse to win a maiden but Zariz can do a bit bet­ter than that.”

One thing that as­tute pun­ters will at­test to is Zariz’s prog­eny are in­vari­ably adept on wet tracks – Shi­raz be­ing an ob­vi­ous ex­am­ple.

“They are good on both sur­faces (good or wet) which is a real ad­van­tage to han­dle the ground when you go through long ‘win- ter’, we just found that out in Syd­ney,” said La­mont.

Zariz is ris­ing 20 but you wouldn’t know it to look at him, says the man who sees the horse ev­ery day.

“He looks as well as ever,” La­mont told us. “He hasn’t dropped in the back at all. He is a youth­ful look­ing horse but he lit­tle bit dickey in the feet so we have got to look after him. He’s got to be shod cor­rectly and just look after him in that re­gard.

“He is a weaver so he does put a bit of pres­sure on him­self but doesn’t seem to pass that trait on – he’s just a good horse.”

Zariz will cover mares again this sea­son at Koorin­gal along­side USA im­port The Brothers War, Golden Rose win­ner Du­porth and the pro­lific Magic Al­bert.

No doubt Riziz’s dam, Priya will be among Zariz’s 2017 harem as she was ev­ery year for the last five straight and back in 2008 when they came to­gether to de­liver Riziz.

He’s run some mighty races with some very big weights in his time. – Stuar t La­mont

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