The decision by Mt Hallowell Stud to send Kazkazi to Roy Rogers proved a masterstroke.
Kazkazi found a new lease of life after moving from trainer David Harrison at the end of 2020, and finished the 2020-21 Great Southern racing season as horse of the year.
After being sent south on Harrison’s recommendation, Kazkazi recorded five victories from eight starts at Albany Racing Club.
Kazkazi broke his maiden status at his 13th attempt, which was his first appearance for Rogers on January 10 with champion jockey William Pike aboard and went from strength to strength after that.
The four-year-old gelding finished the season with two consecutive victories for top hoop Chris Parnham, and notched wins for Jordan Turner in March and Madi Derrick in February.
Kazkazi defeated his stablemate Feels Hot three times this season with a combined margin of under a length, and also defeated another stablemate, Dark Assault, who won the $100,000 SkyracingTv Provincial Championship Series Final, at his most recent win.
“He really seems to have a lot of upside which is very encouraging and I’m looking forward to seeing him progress further,” Rogers said.
“I have really enjoyed working with the Mt Hallowell team and their horses.”
Rogers, who has won this award four out of the last five seasons, said Kazkazi was enjoying a short break and will resume racing at Belmont in the winter.
Horse of the year
Kazkazi – 5 wins
Big Bada Boom – 4
Fangio – 4
Strathmore Rose – 4
Dynamite Bay – 3
Potent Secret – 3