By Geoff Newling

Talented Zampano will go for a spell after his hard-fought win in Saturday’s $30,000 The Verdict Showcase 2YO Handicap (1000m) at Gunnedah.

Melissa Dennett-trained son of Tassort, who won on debut at Tamworth last month, had to dig deep to keep his unbeaten record intact.

Zampano started a short-priced favourite ($1.18) and carried 59.5kg but had to withstand a concerted challenge from the Rodney Ollerton-trained Rivana, who carried 54.5kg after apprentice Mitch Stapleford’s 2kg claim.

“He got the job done,” a delighted and relieved Mel Dennett said.

“He’s just green too.”

Dennett said his short price wasn’t a true indication of how the race would pan out.

“As short as he was everyone thought he would by the length of the straight. But he’s been in work a long time.”

She has been ready to spell him at any stage if he showed any sign of wanting a break.

“Ability got him to the line today,” she said as she prepares to spell the gelding.

“He’s just a nice horse, got a good attitude,” she added of a gelding who has won twice from two starts.

“He’ll go for a three or four month spell and come back in the Spring.

“Hopefully he’ll strengthen up and will be a nice three-year-old.”

Dennett has 15 in work at her Tamworth stable with a few horses to come back in and join some talented thoroughbreds.

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