LIGHTLY race mare Zoomania extended her racing career when she won a $30,000 restricted race by more than four lengths at Warrnambool yesterday.
Trained by top Melbourne trainer Peter Moody, Zoomania had been performing below her best in recent outings and the stable had been considering a stud career for the six-year-old.
Moody’s stable manager Jeff O’Connor said Zoomania was heading to the breeding barn if she had not won the 2000-metre race.
“There had been a few excuses for Zoomania’s poor recent runs,” O’Connor said.
“We had to get her out to the 2000 metres to see if she still wanted to keep on racing.
“She got to the right trip and was in the right grade and she gave us the right result. We might now look at running her in a mares’ race over the spring carnival.”
Winning jockey Daniel Stackhouse said he had a care-free run on Zoomania.
“There had been a bit of a muddling pace but she was always travelling well in the run,” Stackhouse said.
“I was confident a long way out that I would be in the finish.
“She’s a Zabeel mare wearing blinkers getting out to 2000 metres so I knew she would be strong at the end of the race.”
Zoomania drifted in the betting with bookmakers from 5-1 to 6-1.
Ballarat trainer Darren Weir, who has a satellite stable in Warrnambool, took the training honours for the meeting.
He won with Island Bar and King Buddy.
Both horses were ridden by Brad Rawiller.