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Court Pastoral Salutes

On her way to stud, having secured a date with hot young stallion Zoffany, imported mare Court Pastoral was in strong winning form at Gosford on Thursday.

Breaking through for her first win on Australian soil, the five-year-old relished a rise in distance and a drop in grade - proving a class above her rivals with a soft 1 3/4 length victory.

It was a win that earned the daughter of Mount Nelson a brief reprieve from retirement with one more run scheduled in - the final of the Stayer's Cup series.

"She was suited down in grade and it was a good, tough win," Michael Moroney said.

Hopefully the winning form continues into the weekend with nice chances at the Moonee Valley and Kembla Grange meetings on Saturday.

Taking her place in the final event on the Moonee Valley card, the William Hill Handicap over 2500m, Zazparella (pictured) looks well placed.

"She is up a bit in class," Moroney conceded, "but in saying that a few of her rivals are out of form at the moment."

"She was ridden against her normal pattern last start and we think she could've won that race if not for a bit of bad luck."

Baulked at the top of the straight and subsequently held up for a run, Zazparella was still not far away and up 200m on Saturday looks ready to run another nice race at a track where she has been twice placed from as many starts.

Meanwhile in New South Wales we have The Bunsta contesting the 1600m Class 1 Handicap with Chad Lever to ride.

Doing his best work late off a tardy start in a 1400m event last time out, the son of Pentire is bred to relish the rise in distance.

"We thought that he ran really well last start," said Moroney, "he was just held up a bit but he made up good ground and the mile is going to suit him with the only question mark being on the firming ground."

[31 Jul 15]

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