Day At The Track

Southern syndicate has another nice horse

11:21 AM 18 Sep 2015 NZST
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Members of the Central Courage syndicate after one of Al Raza's wins
Members of the Central Courage syndicate after one of Al Raza's wins

Harness racing trainers Geoff and Jude Knight have always been keen supporters of the syndication of horses to race.

They have many syndicates in operation but the Central Courage syndicate is the jewel in the crown.

Established ten years ago, the syndicate has thirty wins on the board todate and the way their latest acquisition Zenmach is going, there are a few more wins in store yet.

Geoff Knight is thrilled with the run they have had.

" They are a great bunch of people to train for and they have had a great ride todate.

" Tonight actually we are having a tenth anniversary dinner to celebrate our success and hopefully there is plenty more still to come," Geoff said.

The old saying about one door shutting and another one opening is never better exemplified by this syndicate.

Hot on the heels of selling the well performed Al Raza to North America, the syndicate purchased Zenmach off Mark Smolenski and Lew Driver.

Geoff was thrilled with the purchase.

" Mark Smolenski has done such a great job educating him and teaching him the ropes."

" He is a lovely horse to do anything with and a credit to Mark," Geoff said.

A handy first up fourth at Addington was quickly followed by a very smart four length win over some handy two year olds at the same venue a week later.

Zenmach franked that form with a last to first performance at Winton in early September and will look to carry on his winning ways at Invercargill this Sunday.

Safely through that run, Zenmach will again head back to Addington.

" There is a nice $11,000 C1 race for him on October 2nd and then a week later he has qualified for one of those $23,000 Alabar Super Series finals so he will start in that as well."

" While he is a very nice three year old, I am not sure I want to take on the All Stars team at this stage of his career so we will just play it by ear in the meantime."

" His main aim at this stage is the Southern Supremacy series and his program will be around that series," Geoff said.

With the luck the Central Courage syndicate has had in the last ten years, Zenmach may just measure up to the big boys by the end of the season.

Harnesslink Media

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