In news for the Victorian stallion ranks, Jayemzed (Lion Cavern) will be calling Moorookyle Park home for the 2018 breeding season.

Having stood in Tasmania for six years, Jayemzed relocated to Maldon’s Darnik Park last year. Increasing personal commitments, however, of Darnik’s Betty Connell mean the sire has been moved to Nioka Wozny’s Moorookyle Park at Smeaton, north of Ballarat.

Owned and bred by Ralph Zito and his wife Peta, Jayemzed was a talented galloper with a promising racing career before being struck down by injury.

Trained at Mornington by Barry Howe, he recorded five wins and landed a black type second in the Listed Anniversary Vase over 1400m at Caulfield.

Jayemzed was named after the initials of the Zito’s son Joel Mathew Zito who was tragically killed in a car accident around the hour of his foaling in November 2002.

“We kept him as an entire as he was so special to us, and although he has sentimental value, we would not have considered using him for breeding had it not been for his pedigree,” Ralph Zito said.

“He’s by a grandson of Mr Prospector from a grand-daughter of Northern Dancer and carrying rare female strains of Somethingroyal not to mention Mixed Marriage. He was a class racehorse with perfect conformation.

“I am so thankful to Nioka that we have found another stud where he will receive the best of care and attention (as he did at Darnik Park and Bowthorpe Stud previously).”

“He suits the breed to race market and, with his success to date from so few opportunities, we are hoping that at Moorookyle Park he will tap into a broader broodmare population in regional Victoria.

As a stallion, Jayemzed boasts a high progeny winning strike rate of 60%. He has sired ten horses to race, with six winners among them including Mick Kent’s seven-time winner Leodoro and the four-time winner, Shane Fliedner’s Bee Jay Zed.

“Mick Kent’s Leodoro will be back in work and racing before Christmas, while Gold Phoenix with Royston Carr in Richmond, Tasmania, who won at her second last start, will be even better when she comes back. There are also a couple of babies in Victoria and Tasmania that will be coming into the stables soon to make their racetrack debut,” Zito said.

With the new start at Moorookyle Park, an innovative fee structure, based on racing performance, is being offered to breeders who use for Jayemzed.

“Being committed to good pedigree structure and judicious line breeding are the vital starting point to racing success and as a result of a high winning success rate for selected matings, we offer to defer payment of a service fee (apart from the $400 cover charge) until the progeny of matings which have been approved after a free mating analysis, record their first win. Now that’s a win-win offer!’ Zito said.

“Alternatively, the balance could become payable if the breeder sells the outcome for greater than the service fee or breeders may choose to simply back their own judgement and to pay the balance of a negotiated fee on live foal birth,” Zito said.

Moorookyle Park run by the experienced Nioka Wozny, welcomes Jayemzed to the stallion barns which are already home to Ustinov, Cecconi and Rockaroundtheclock.

“Jayemzed is certainly getting the job done as a stallion, producing more than his share of winners and he is a lovely addition to Moorookyle Park. He has settled in very well…he is very relaxed and easy to handle. He loves his peppermints and plenty of TLC!” Wozny said.

Jayemzed will be standing in the 2018 season at $3,300 or $400 under the new ‘race-performance’ fee structure. Please contact Nioka Wozny for more information on 0427 456 385 or visit

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