Geoff Dunn has just had a harness racing season he will probably never top with his two leading 3 year olds Venus Serena and Tiger Tara winning the age group titles at the recent New Zealand awards.
Going by the run of Zin Zan today (August 17th) at Rangiora though, Geoff appears to have another 3 year old of real quality.
Very unlucky at his debut run at Oamaru two weeks ago, Zin Zan was restrained off the gate from barrier eight by driver Gerald O'Reilly and settled second last.
The free going Millwood Faith went straight to the front and set up a solid clip in front.
There were few changes until they turned for home where the favourite Western Art worked to the lead and looked all over the winner.
Zin Zan was still second last at the 400 meters before being sent on a searching run by Gerald O"Reilly.
Western Art still seemed the winner 100 meters from home before Zin Zan flew home late for a narrow but super impressive win.
Zin Zan paced the 2000 meters from the mobile in 2:27.2, a mile rate of 1:58.4 with closing sectionals off the front of 56.5 and 28.8.
Zin Zan was miles off the leaders at the half so his closing sectionals must have been really special.
It shouldn't be a surprise that Zin Zan is so talented as he is one beautifully bred individual.
Purchased out of the 2013 Australasian Classic for $50,000, Zin Zan is raced by Geoff Dunn with his long time stable clients, Bob and Jenny Sandford.
By Bettors Delight, Zin Zan is the first foal from a Christian Cullen half sister to Zenad 1:55.4 ($192,636) Zensational 1:54.8 ($138,808) Zenola Seelster 1:58.2 ($102,706) and to Zenterfold, the dam of Tintin In America 1:53.2 ($934,305).
Zin Zan looks to have inherited all the family ability and it would not surprise to see him take on the better 3 year olds later in the year.