Emerging Victorian stallion Reset has reinforced reputation as a producer of top-class stayers following the devastating Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) victory of his lightly-raced daughter, Set Square
The Ciaron Maher-trained filly’s inexperience proved no hindrance in what many were calling the most even Oaks field in a decade as jockey Hugh Bowman guided the talented filly to an impressive 1.5 length win.
It was an influential victory for Reset, who has now sired the winner of both the VRC Derby and Oaks thanks to the efforts of Rebel Raider (2008) and Set Square. Throw in to the mix Pinker Pinker’s Cox Plate (2011) and Fawkner’s Caulfield Cup (2013) and you have a young stallion racking-up an extremely impressive record in such a short amount of time.
Interestingly, Reset himself seems at odds with both his own sire and his impressive staying progeny.
It’s widely considered Zabeel’s most highly regarded progeny were at their best at distances beyond 1600m. The likes of Might and Power and Octagonal reigned supreme at all distances beyond the mile out to the famous two-mile journey of the Melbourne Cup.
Yet Reset seemed an exception to such a rule.
Trained by Graeme Rogerson for leviathan owner Lloyd Williams, Reset never raced beyond 1600m in his five start career before he was purchased for stud duties by Sheik Mohammed.
Interestingly, Reset is also at odds to many of of Zabeel’s other progeny being Australian-born, though obviously New Zealand conceived. Reset’s dam was dual Group 1 winning mare, Assertive Lass.
Reset has been a star of the Victorian breeding scene since his first crop of runners hit the track in 2006.
This season alone Reset has recorded an incredible 91 winners from 174 runners at a remarkable winners/runners rate of 52.3% , a statistic that places him ahead of high-profile stallions Redoute’s Choice (48.2%) and Fastnet Rock (50.2%).
To date, the blue-blood stallion has recorded 23 black-type winners to date and will again be represented at Saturday’s Zipping Classic meet at Sportingbet Sandown Park.
Reset’s most famous son, Fawkner, is set to back-up from his disappointing Melbourne Cup run in a race that his owner, Lloyd Williams, holds close to his heart – the $350,000 Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m).
Williams’ dual-Group 1 winner is one of 13 horses to nominate for the 2400m classic named after Williams’ hardy Danehill gelding who won the race, originally known as the Sandown classic, a record four times.
Another of Reset’s hardy staying progeny, Shoreham, is nominated to contest the $150,000 Listed Sandown Cup (3200m). After missing a start in the Melbourne Cup, the Saab Hasan-trained gelding gets the chance to prove his sire’s mettle of the testing two mile journey and has been nominated for the final two-mile Cup of the calendar year.
Should a horse such as Shoreham secure a Melbourne Cup next season it would no doubt make for an enviable trophy cabinet for his sire, Reset.
Article by Daniel Miles at Racing Victoria