Zulu proves he’s a brave warrior
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