Ziva Prunk is a new addition to the Crowd Racing community. Ziva is a successful young trainer from Slovenia, and will be training the 2yr old filly x Dunaden that we have in training in partnership with Star Kingdom Racing. You can read more about the options available in the Dunaden Crowd by clicking here
Her biggest successes include the Hungarian Oaks, the European Jockey Cup Million sprint in 2016 with Pretorian in Prague and a close second with the same horse in the Group 3 Premio Tudini in Rome earlier this year. She is a qualified equine nutritionist, which means the horses always receive the best diet to make the most of their racing abilities.
Ziva’s team is a real multi-cultural combination, reflecting the global nature of horse racing. As mentioned, she is from Slovenia, her head lad is Serbian, her apprentice jockey from Japan and Phill Clarke from Star Kingdom Racing is Australian (don’t hold it against him).
Ziva Prunk trains only a small number of horses and the intimate nature of her stable means owners are always welcomed on stable tours and behind the scenes on race days.
What is your biggest achievement as a trainer?
My greatest achievement is definitely getting several completely squeezed-out horses and bringing them to the winners enclosure, ensuring them several more racing seasons and then securing a horse friendly environment for their retirement, where they are happy.
My greatest achievements, race-wise are: Winning Hungarian Oaks and European Jockey Cup and a 2nd place in famous Premio Tudini (Group 3) on Italian Derby day.
Who is your biggest influence in the sport? There are not that many trainers in our region, so I study a lot and try to get some more experience and ideas through my representation of Austria in European Trainers Federation and visiting other yards. I meet a lot of good and interesting people racing my horses practically all over Europe as well. And in the end…I always make sure to learn from the mistakes of others and my own equally.
Who is your favourite all time horse? Secretariat as a racehorse and Galileo as a sire.
Which horse currently in training would you most like to see in your stable? Talismanic, as he shows some additional potential above his current form.
Which race would you like to win the most? In the near future the Goldene Peitche at Baden-Baden…but in general any kind of Group race and any Derby in Central Europe.
Which is your favourite race course? Always trying to find the most suitable racecourse for each horse, but my favourite is Chantilly.
What irks (annoys) you most in racing? People putting money before a horse’s well being and trainers pumping all kinds of stuff into their protégées.
What has been the most positive recent change in racing? The complete ban of hormones and off track doping tests. I am also glad that some of the big league players adopted ‘life after racing’ programmes.
What is the biggest challenge faced by racing in Central Europe? Growing the sport of horse racing and bringing that level closer to Western European competitive levels. In Austria, the challenge is even greater. Mr Stronach will have to realise that he can not appoint an ex-Miss World to run the facility Magna Racino and Racing Authorities have to realise that there is no point of staging the 150th Austrian Derby in September and the St Leger just fourteen days later.
If you could send any mare to any stallion, which combination would you like to train? We all know that Galileo x Danehill cross provides a fair share of remarkable runners, so of course I would like to get a quality cross of this line. But I tend not to get attached too much by the pedigrees, as my owners can usually not afford it and it is possible to achieve good results even with horses that are not so fashionable on paper.
Which will be the most interesting horse to follow from your yard this season? Definitely 6yo sprinter Pretorian (who ran a blinder to finish 2nd in a Group2 at Baden-Baden in late August) and we have two quality 2yos in training, but their racing programme this year will depend on their growth. No ‘too fast too soon’ in my yard.
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