Cox Plate hopeful Zaaki lands Eagle Farm win

13 June 2021 00:42:45 GMTPlus10

Zaaki reinforced the belief his connections have that he is a genuine Cox Plate contender with a dominant display with victory in the inaugural running of the Group 2 Q22 at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Zaaki, who is rated an 11/4 chance for the Moonee Valley feature in October, backed up his emphatic Group 1 Doomben Cup success with another impressive victory at Eagles Farm.

The European import brought his first Australian campaign to a close in the $1.2 million contest and trainer Annabel Neasham, who only took out her licence at the start of the season, immediately put the spring on the agenda for the gelding.

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"I'm just so lucky to have a horse like this. I just can't believe I got a horse like this so early on," Neasham said following the six-year-old's latest success, a length and a half defeat of dual Group 1 winner Homesman.

Zaaki, a two-time Group 3 winner in Britain when trained by Sir Michael Stoute, has now won three of his five starts since joining Neasham, starting his campaign with a creditable sixth in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile back in April. 

"I've loved him from day one," the winning trainer continued. "From day one, he's looked like he's going to be a star. You don't run them in a Doncaster first-up unless you have a big opinion of him.

"He has just held onto his condition and form. I just wish the Cox Plate was in two weeks."

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