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Leebaz Headed For The Top

Friday, 21st March 2014

Gifted galloper Leebaz (Zabeel-Polish Princess, by Polish Precedent) took another step towards stakes company with an impressive win the Pro-Ride Handicap (1600m) at Warwick Farm yesterday. The 4YO son of Zabeel is held in high regard by trainers Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes who have thus far shown plenty of patience in guiding him to 5 wins from 7 starts. Leebaz proved far too strong for his rivals when leading throughout to win by 1.3-lengths over perennial bridesmaid Canny Ballad and Beyond Thankful, who was having his first start for Chris Waller since arriving from Ireland. Like many of Zabeel's best sons, Leebaz possesses a high cruising speed and brilliant turn of foot, prized attributes which combine to produce an elegant, and bold front-running galloping style that racegoers love to watch. "He's a very nice horse," Michael Hawkes told TVN. "He was always going to win but James [McDonald] gave him a pretty soft ride in the end." He added, "We've never had any dramas with this horse. He's so relaxed and has got a really good turn of foot. He's a Zabeel so he will keep improving and will be even better in 6-12 months." When asked what was next for the promising 4YO, Hawkes said the stable would bring him along gradually. "He's only lightly raced so the plan is to get his rating up then we can look around for a nice race." Leebaz is from the stakes-winning Polish Precedent mare Polish Princess and is half-brother to Gr2 Tulloch Stakes winner Polish Knight. This is an outstanding family that traces to the Weinfeld family's foundation mare Reprocolor. The Weinfeld's own Meon Valley Stud in England and have bred a host of classic winners including Gr1-winning siblings Kayf Tara and Opera House, Irish Oaks winner Colorspin, and Pretty Polly Stakes winner Izzi Top.

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