• Ian Ender


The ex French Carnival Zain will make his first start for us at Carlisle on Wednesday at, in the extended seven furlongs Class 4, Carlisle Bell Consolation Race, with Billy Garritty taking the ride.

CARNIVAL ZAIN. 24 February 2017 Youmzain-Lady Fashion Owner-The Futurists.

As his name suggests Carnival Zain is by the brilliant Youmzain, who was runner up in no less than three 'Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe's in 2007, 2008, and 2009, although his record at stud is far less impressive.His dam is by Oasis Dream, and she was a dual winner over seven furlongs in Ireland as a three year old, and has produced two other offspring who are both also by Youmzain, including the 103 Racing Post rated Sunny Way 1.

To date Carnival Zain has raced on 10 occasions in France when trained from the yard of Eoghan O'Neill, which includes five times as a two year old, four times at three, and once at four. He made his racecourse debut at the end of May 2019 over six and a half furlongs at Maisons-Laffitte, going down by two and three quarter lengths to finish fifth.He backed that debut up with two solid placed efforts, finishing third at Clairefontaine in July, and then when stepping up to a mile in August at Pornichet-La Baule, he filled the runner up spot. He got off the mark over the same course and distance 20 days later at the fourth attempt when winning by a nose. His final start as a juvenile was at Chantilly in September when running in Group 3 company, and although finishing last of the six, he was only six and a quarter lengths behind the winner.

As a three year old Carnival Zain first appeared in May 2020 over 10 furlongs at Le Lion-D'Angers, where he finished second of the eight runners. He was then stepped up to 12 furlongs at Nantes but he probably failed to stay as he next appeared at La Teste De Buch in September over an extended nine furlongs, and also in first time blinkers, where he finished in seventh place. Back at a mile 13 days later, and with the blinkers dispensed with, he made his handicap debut, finishing third, a length and a quarter off the winner, on what would be his last race at three. He was gelded shortly after and put away until the spring of this year, when running fourth in April at Cholet over seven furlongs, where he may have found the trip on the sharp side.

Carnival Zain will probably prove best at a mile, to 10 furlongs, and all of his best form has come on a softer surface, although he has never run on firm ground. He has his first entry for us in the Carlisle Bell on Wednesday.

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