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Zonda (horse)

Sire Zabeel
Dam Gone With The Wind
Grandsire Sir Tristram
Damsire Light Wind
Gender Gelding
Foaled 1994
Country New Zealand
Color Bay
Breeder Mrs J M Wilding
Owner Hundalee Derby Syndicate
Trainer Roger James
Record 16:7-2-4
Earnings $1,043,120
Zonda is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Gone With The Wind by Zabeel. He was born around 1994 in New Zealand, and was bred by Mrs J M Wilding.
Major wins
New Zealand Derby (1997)
King's Plate (2000)
Zabeel Classic (2001)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on July 3, 2007

Zonda (foaled 1994 in New Zealand) is a retired Thoroughbred racehorse who won the New Zealand Derby in 1997. His career faced unfortunate setbacks from injury. Despite this, many consider him one of New Zealand's top horses of the 1990s.

The son of Zabeel took three races to clear maidens, but followed that Paeroa win with four more wins in a row, including the Avondale Guineas, the Derby and a Group 2 victory at Moonee Valley in Melbourne.

He followed that Melbourne win up with a third-placing at Caulfield and second in the Cadbury Guineas, before finishing a disappointing fifth in the Rosehill Guineas. However, it became clear that he had suffered an injury in that race, and he wasn't seen again on the track for two and a half years.

Zonda returned to his very best to win the King's Plate and the Zabeel Classic at Ellerslie Racecourse in successive starts. However, he suffered yet another injury not long afterwards and was off the scene for another year, and was only seen on the track on two more occasions in his career.

His career was so injury-plagued that he was very rarely seen at his best on the track after his Derby victory. His trainer Roger James has described him as both the best horse he's trained and the most frustrating.

But it is his Derby win that sticks in the memory. It was clear before the field had even turned for home in the race what the result would be. After seemingly effortlessly cruising to the lead he produced a stunning burst of acceleration and left his rivals in his wake, with the final margin at the line being four and three-quarter lengths, a margin that no Derby winner has gone close to matching since.



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