Zion thriving in new environment

Zion (NZ) ridden by Ben Melham wins the Viatek Handicap at Sale Racecourse on February 05, 2023 in Sale, Australia. (Scott Barbour/Racing Photos)

The Waikato Stud-bred and sold Zion has found a happy home with Flemington trainer Nick Ryan.

The son of Rubick had performed well in his two of first three lead-up outings from his new quarters before romping home at short odds at Sale on Sunday in the hands of Ben Melham over 1100 metres.

“I spoke to Nick this morning and he said the only way you’ll get beaten is if you fall off, he was the superior horse in the race,” Melham said.

“I was always within striking distance and it was a good victory.”

Zion was purchased at Karaka for $360,000 by Suman Hedge Bloodstock with trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace and won his first two races from their Victorian stable. He then had two starts in South Australia for Will Clarken before joining Ryan’s team.

He is the first foal of the Dylan Thomas mare Kim Dynasty who is a half-sister to the G1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ S. winner Arlingtonboulevard.

Kim Dynasty has an unraced juvenile filly by Savabeel and a yearling by Super Seth, who she was again served by last season.

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