Zulu proves he’s a brave war­rior

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

STAR three-year-old Sea Zulu made North Queens­land rac­ing his­tory with his ex­plo­sive win in the $75,000 XXXX Gold Cleve­land Bay Hand­i­cap (1200m) dur­ing this year’s Townsville Win­ter Rac­ing Car­ni­val.

The colt be­came the first gal­loper to win both the Cleve­land Bay — North Queens­land’s pre­mier sprint race — and the Parry Nis­san Great North­ern TwoYear-Old.

Sea Zulu — bred and raced by Townsville cou­ple Jeff and Deslee Davis — was aided in the Cleve­land Bay by an out­stand­ing Jeff Felix ride, find­ing the fence from bar­rier 10 be­fore track­ing the pace in third place and burst­ing clear of a crack field to win by 2+ lengths.

Sea Zulu gave trainer Olivia Cairns a clean sweep of Townsville rac­ing’s three ma­jors — the Townsville Cup, Cleve­land Bay and Great North­ern — at the age of just 28.

‘‘He’s a cham­pion, he is a very, very good horse,’’ a tear­ful Cairns said while wait­ing to wel­come Sea Zulu back to scale.

‘‘He’s far too good for Townsville, al­ways has been.’’

Sea Zulu in the Cleve­land Bay posted his sev­enth win from 10 starts.

He had been re­stricted by a se­ries of in­jury prob­lems to only three starts since his win in the Great North­ern Two-Year-Old in June last year.

‘‘We’ve had end­less prob­lems with the horse — when he’s over­come the se­ri­ous ones he’s found other lit­tle things to do to him­self,’’ Cairns said.

‘‘It’s been a 10-month bat­tle and there were days I thought I’d never see him win an­other race, let alone a Cleve­land Bay.’’

Sea Zulu’s Cleve­land Bay tri­umph pro­vided a bit­ter­sweet mo­ment for Townsville studmas­ter David Leake, who lost the colt’s sire Seas­cay to snakebite this year.

Sea Zulu is cur­rently in the spell­ing pad­dock, hav­ing had a promis­ing Bris­bane spring cam­paign de­railed by a foot in­jury.

He is ex­pected to re­turn to rac­ing in time for next year’s Townsville win­ter car­ni­val.

THE NORTH’STOP SPORT­ING MO­MENTSOF 2006

10 AWE­SOME . . . Sea Zulu takes out the Cleve­land Bay Hcp

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