Zoutori (outside) winning the Newmarket Handicap (Image: Racing Photos)
Zoutori will follow the path of the previous two winners of the Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap and head to the $2.5 million T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) on April 3, but unlike Bivouac and Sunlight, connections have opted to bypass Friday's William Reid Stakes.
At his eighth Group 1 attempt, Zoutori came up trumps against his 16 rivals down the Flemington straight and the stable is hopeful of a profitable trip north.
"He came through it in good order, he had a pretty cruisy week and gave him plenty of time, it was a tough run and he was pretty tired," said Simon Zahra, who trains at Flemington in partnership with Mathew Ellerton.
"Everything panned out well for him and I always felt he was deserving of a Group 1, he had been around the mark and wasn't far off pinching one.
"It was a great day for our stable and might help us get to that level we are trying to build to."
WATCH: Zoutori's Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap win
Zoutori has only raced in the clockwise direction as a three-year-old, when he finished 10th on both occasions. Zahra is also hoping this weekend's predicted forecast doesn't repeat itself in Sydney.
"He went the other way in Brisbane but had probably come to the end of his three-year-old season and wasn't at his best so hopefully he can get on the right leg," Zahra explained.
"He will start working the reverse way next week and get him ready for the T.J. Smith Stakes.
"As long as it isn't a bottomless Heavy 10, I think that just knocks them around."
The stable said the option is there for Zoutori to stay in Sydney and take his place in the $600,000 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on April 17.
Zoutori is a $17 chance for the T.J. Smith Stakes.
In other stable news, the decision was made to send General Beau to the spelling paddock last week in preference to contesting further juvenile features while Age Of Chivalry will head to the $160,000 G3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) on Easter Saturday.