Zumbelina scores 4th-straight city victory

Chris Waller knows better than most trainers what it takes to win a Group race and he believes Zumbelina has the necessary attributes after she made it four wins on the trot at Rosehill.

Sent out the $2.40 favourite, Zumbelina stalked the speed before jockey Brenton Avdulla pulled her into the clear in the straight and she strode away to score by a neck on Saturday.

Achi Baba ($3.50) was a gallant runner-up and the well-supported Arbeitsam ($4) stuck on for third.

The Group Three James Carr and PJ Bell Stakes are on Zumbelina’s autumn agenda but Sydney’s leading trainer didn’t rule out the possibility of another start before being spelled.

“She’s learnt to win which is a big thing,” Waller said.

“These types of horses usually can win a Group race.”

Zumbelina is owned by Richard Treweeke who has a share in champion mare Winx.

Avdulla said the win was painless.

“I can’t take much credit, I literally put my dollar into the coin slot and just enjoyed the ride,” Avdulla said.

“Everything panned out perfect. The speed was good, I just travelled.”

The win took Zumbelina’s prize money past $260,000 as she recorded her fourth win from five starts.

It was her third-straight metropolitan Saturday win following on from her maiden midweek victory at Canterbury on October 26.

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