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Bott confident Zouphoria is set for a winning winter

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There’s an expectation from co-trainer Adrian Bott that this winter will be a good one for lightly raced filly Zouphoria, starting with today’s Kensington meeting.

The three-year-old, a winner of two from eight, returns to her comfort zone second-up in the Headwater @ Vinery Stud Handicap (1400m) after a midfield finish down the Flemington straight on resumption.

Zouphoria (left) has two wins from eight starts heading into Wednesday’s meeting.Credit: Getty

Bott, who co-trains with Gai Waterhouse, said it was a run she had to have to get her campaign started and has brought her on nicely.

“We were struggling to find a suitable place to kick Zouphoria off,” he said.

“It wasn’t entirely suitable but it got her up and going, I thought she ran well. She’s improved nicely off the back of that and probably looks better placed.

“Potentially we could try to stretch her a bit further if we need to this preparation, out to a mile, but that [1400m] looks like her sweet spot.”

Zouphoria notched her maiden win over the Kensington 1400m second-up last preparation then backed it up in Saturday company just over two weeks later.

Bott said she showed a glimpse in the Group 3 Vo Rogue, where she ran fifth beaten under two lengths, that she’s above average and has more wins in her this winter.

“I think she can go through her grades,” he said.

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