Former Godolphin import lines up for Bedggood

Former Godolphin galloper Zeigfeld resumes for a new stable in the Anniversary Vase at Sandown.

Trainer : GAVIN BEDGGOOD. Picture: Colin Bull / Sportpix

With success comes the ability to upgrade stock and Gavin Bedggood in the past couple of seasons slowly done that. 

It was once rare for Bedggood to have a runner in town, but with an upgrade of his horses he is becoming a regular face at metropolitan tracks. 

One of Bedggood's recent acquisitions is former Godolphin galloper Ziegfeld who runs for the first time for his new stable in the Listed Anniversary Stakes (1400m) at Sandown on Saturday. 

A stakes winner in France and Group 2 placed, Zeigfeld was winless in 10 starts for James Cummings before being sold after finishing fourth in the Mornington Cup Prelude (2000m) at Caulfield in February. 

"I thought he might have lost his way a little bit and I was looking around for a horse that might be competitive in a Cranbourne Cup later in the year and I thought he fitted the profile," Bedggood said. 

Bedggood has adapted a different training program for Zeigfeld. 

The gelding is not stabled during the day while Bedggood uses a number of the different facilities at Cranbourne in a bid to reinvigorate Zeigfeld. 

"He lives outside during the day, and he does most of his work out in the sandhills at Cranbourne, so he's not following around a white running rail all the time," Bedggood said. 

"We've just tried to do something different, I guess. 

"He's had one jump-out for us. He jumped out well and if we get the forecast rain on Saturday it will only enhance his chances." 

Up to 30mm of rain is forecast for Saturday which would also help Bedggood's other runner on Saturday Sir Kalahad in the Behind The Barriers "Boxing Challenge" 14/5 (1000m). 

"The 1000 metres is probably a bit short of his best trip, but he has to kick off somewhere and any rain is a definite plus for him," Bedggood said. 

"But he'll improve nicely off the run too." 

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