Plans remain modest with Zac

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    MARIO DI CARLO with Zac Mac

    PLANS remain modest for handy pacer Zac Mac despite his impressive victory at Albion Park yesterday.

    Completing consecutive wins in the process, Zac Mac will continue to be eased through the grades as connections “see how far he goes” according to trainer Darren Hooper.

    “He goes along really well, but he is still down in grade at this stage,” Hooper said. “He should get through the classes fairly easily, and once he is up in grade, we will find out more about him.

    “This is his second preparation since he came over from New Zealand and he has really strengthened up this time in. The first campaign he went okay, but was just a little tired, which in hindsight was because of the trip over, warmer weather and settling in.

    “With a bit more time here and I’ve gotten to know him better, his work has been great and it’s coming through at the races.

    “Mario (Di Carlo, owner) sourced him in New Zealand and he is turning out to be a good buy.”

    Partnered by talented reinsman Hayden Barnes, Zac Mac led throughout from barrier two to account for Needa Margarita and Weedons Express in 1:55.5 for the 1660 metres.

    “After his win last week 1:52.6, I was pretty confident he’d prove too slick again,” Hooper said. “He just did it so easily again and I couldn’t be happier with him.

    “I haven’t got anything specific in mind for him at this stage and will just keep him going around in the country classes before having a look at a metropolitan race with him.”

    • PAUL COURTS

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