For Victorian hobby breeder, Jane Kaufmann, a self-confessed novice, she must be doing something right when Eduardo captured the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint over 1000m.
Enjoying the thrill of a lifetime, Kaufmann’s come-from-nowhere flyer, won his first stakes race brilliantly and will now be surely eyeing off bigger and better prizes.
Having finished a head second to I Am Excited in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes over 1200m at Flemington, it has been a remarkable rise for Eduardo who was only first sighted at Moe in June when winning his maiden, by six lengths no less, over 1117m. Courtesy of the Caulfield Sprint, he impressive record boasts three wins and two seconds from five outings.
A winter four-year-old when making his debut, Eduardo’s late start was purely financial as Kaufmann, who now races Eduardo in partnership with good mate, Nick Cresci, explains: “Money! I could spin you a line about giving a horse time to mature, but at the end of the day you can only have so many in work at the one time,” Kaufmann explains. “I’ve got a property at Devon Meadows, Victoria and lease another 50 acres nearby where I keep a couple of mares, but mostly my retired horses. There’s around 11 all up, including a Shetland pony who keeps them all in line.”
Kaufmann first got into breeding about ten years ago, purchasing a Sovereign Red mare, Tootsie Goodbye, for $1,000 at the Inglis December Sale.
“My daughter was into eventing, and I actually went to the sale looking to buy something for her, when I saw the mare,” Kaufmann reveals. “She was in foal to Khyber Pass and produced Bye Bella, who won three races. I then purchased a Rubiton mare (Bucolic) quite cheaply and she ended up producing Freelander, who won a race for me too.
“I paid a bit more for Eduardo’s mum, Blushing – $4,000 – at the 2010 Inglis March Sale, but I liked her because she was in foal to Domesday. The Domesday colt (My Angus) was a winner and placed in town, her next foal was a filly called Watch Me Blush, who is likewise a winner and raced by Nick, and then along came Eduardo who after losing Blushing, would be her last foal.”
“I remember watching Eduardo trial at Cranbourne and was wondering if the other horses were trying and then, after the win at Moe, I thought we truly had something special.”
And not just special for Kaufmann and Cresci. Eduardo’s short career, thus far, mirrors that of his Cranbourne trainer, Sarah Zschoke, who has only been licensed to train in Victoria since 2013 and has six in work.
“I met Sarah when she was working for another trainer and clearly loves her horses, which made a huge impression on me,” Kaufmann adds. “Given what Eduardo’s done in such a short time, she obviously knows what she’s doing too!”
Originally an apprentice jockey in Tasmania, Cranbourne based Zschoke shifted to the mainland after one season as a trainer in the Apple Isle.
“It’s only a small team with about 12 winners to date, but clearly Eduardo is the pick of the bunch. I got him (Eduardo) as a late three-year-old and he arrived with a couple of other horses and I said then if any of them are any good it will be him.
“I gave him a gallop on the grass and watched from the tower. He raced very greenly but you could tell right away that he had something and I said there and then, he would be my best horse.”
Eduardo has been ridden in each of starts by Zschoke’s partner, Brian Park, who steered Zip Zip Aray to win the 2002 Group 1 Goodwood Handicap in Adelaide but would declare that Eduardo’s Caulfield Sprint was his greatest thrill to date.
“I want to be smart with this horse,” Zschoke reveals. “I’ll keep him in races where I believe he’ll be competitive but he’s gaining valuable experience with every run and will definitely come back a better horse.”
Eduardo is a son of Host, who formally stood at Nagambie’s Swettenham Stud. Since 2015, he now stands at Willow Grove Stud in Woodside, South Australia.