Mark Walker

Mark Walker (Image: Trish Dunell)

Zourion no second fiddle for Kiwis

Imperatriz might be Mark Walker's headline act on Friday night, but the Kiwis are also hoping unbeaten filly Zourion can turn heads in the Group 3 Scarborough Stakes.

Having claimed the G2 Matamata Breeders' Stakes at her most recent outing back in February, Cambridge Stud's Lindsay family are Thousand Guineas dreaming with their NZ$475,000 Karaka yearling by Zoustar.

Mick Dee partnered Zourion in a track gallop with Imperatriz and gave her a first look around The Valley on Tuesday morning.

"I thought she was really good actually," trainer Mark Walker said.

"She's still pretty new and has only had two races at home and won them both, so it's a bit of an ask and I think you'll see a really good filly in the autumn.

"Mick Dee said she travelled around The Valley good and she travelled over and has really been eating well, which is a big thing with young horses.

"Two-year-old New Zealand form compared to your Australian form, she probably has to find a few lengths.

"But she trialled up very well against the older horses at home at a place called Taupo and we thought her trial was good enough to come and have a crack."

Zourion won from on the speed on debut and was further back on Heavy 10 ground at her second success.

Walker said she will progress to the G1 Thousand Guineas via the Thousand Guineas Prelude on October 21.