Zoot Suit Riot Finishes Season On A High For TBB
Todd Blum Bloodstock stable favourite, Zoot Suit Riot, finished off the 2017/18 racing season in style for TBB with a fast-finishing victory at Echuca on Saturday in the 1PRINT 0 - 58 Handicap over 1100m.
Zoot Suit Riot jumped cleanly and resumed his normal racing position at the tail of the field under regular rider John Keating. Rounding the turn in the 100m dash, Keating elected to stay closer to the rail and avoid spending to much time getting wide and running our of racing room.
The decision almost looked to be Zoot Suit's undoing after he was blocked for a run and then checked down the straight, but as we have accustomed to with the resilient gelding, he found a way to pick himself up again and showed a very impressive turn of foot to claim the win from Max Master.
Zoot Suit Riot was first-up and again showed his linking for the Echuca track where he has always raced well. The rising seven-year-old has now started seven times at Echuca and has won twice, finished second two times and also ran a third.
"It was great to see the little champ back in the winner's stall first-up and Adam (O'Neill) has again done a wonderful job in getting him ready after a spell," Todd Blum said.
"This horse has virtually been there since the start of Todd Blum Bloodstock and was our first winner from our first runner we had any involvement in.
"To have sold a share in him and to race a small share myself it is very rewarding to see him still winning as he gets older."
Adam O'Neill was also pleased with the win and was also delighted to see how Zoot Suit Riot had come back after a spell.
Zoot Suit Riot has now won five races, four for his current connections, along with nine second placings and five thirds. His total prize money goes to just under $100,000 and there are no signs that he is done yet.