It may not have been with the same difference as last season, but Annabel Neasham‘s star import Zaaki he was still impressive defending the title in Results of AD Hollindale Stakes 2022 on Gold Coast on Saturday.
Twelve months ago, the galloper made his mark as the weight star for the age he watched when he saluted in the $ 2,500,000 Group The stakes of AD Hollindale (1800 m) ahead of a seven-year race at last year’s Doomben Cup.
Now the three-time Group 1 champion now looks on track to finish the same duplicate after successfully enduring Chris Waller-trained duo of Polly Gray and Kukeracha to celebrate a close victory in the first game.
Given the perfectly timed ride James McDonaldthe evergreen seven-year-old and recent $ 5 million All-Star Mile hero in Melbourne has come out to lead the Hollindale field.
Danger, Ayrtonhe also picked up speed early from his wide street by sitting outside the odds favorites, but couldn’t stand his race on the home level.
Zaaki, meanwhile, showed great determination by digging deep into the late to announce his eighth win on Australian soil by redeeming himself for his final starting second position in Sydney’s $ 4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) during The Championships in April.
Neasham was delighted The result of AD Hollindale Stakes and was pleased to see Zaaki freshly greeting customers.
“It simply came to our notice then. He had some bronze with James (McDonald) when he came down on the track and then my only concern is that I left him too fresh and whether he will travel too much, ”she told the media. win on saturday.
“James knows him so well and he got his luck out of the equation. For a moment I thought the other two horses were coming thick and fast and to their credit, they kept him very honest all the way to the line, but he was too good. ”
After becoming the first back-to-back AD Hollindale Stakes winner from Leebaz (2015-16), Zaaki is now on track to defend his Group 1 title with $ 1 million Doomben kup (2000m) in Brisbane on 21 May.
McDonald’s comments after the race suggested that there has been an improvement which is why Zaaki is a well-deserved all-in favorite for the 2022 Doomben Cup.
“I hope he won’t have to see such conditions on the track (again) because the trails are nice and safe, but that’s just not to his liking,” Hoop said.
“He worked, worked and worked all the way, so he never rested or saved energy so the performance was better than it looked.”
The latest prefield Odds for Doomben Cup 2022. online on Ladbrokes.com.au – available in full here – let Zaaki win $ 1.60 for winning with three-time champion Rough Habit (1991-93), the last multiple winner in a winter film.
2022. AD Hollindale stakes Results and final order
|1||1||ZAAKI (GB)||Annabel Neasham||James McDonald||3||59 kg||1.45 F|
|2||12||POLLY GRAY (NZ)||Chris Waller||Opie Bosson||0.8 l||7||57 kg||$ 11|
|3||5||KUKERACHA (NZ)||Chris Waller||James Orman||1.3 liters||9||59 kg||51 USD|
|4||9||HUETOR (FR)||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||3.8 l||5||59 kg||$ 12|
|5||11||COVENTINA BAY (NZ)||Robbie Patterson||Mrs. Samantha Collett||4.3 l||2||57 kg||31 USD|
|6||14||ZAYYDANI (NZ)||Ben & JD Hayes||Andrew Mallyon||7.8 l||4||57 kg||$ 61|
|7||13||HUNGRY HEART||Chris Waller||William Pike||8.3 l||6||57 kg||21 USD|
|8||3||AYRTON (NZ)||Mick Price and Michael Kent (Jr.)||Hugh Bowman||12.8 l||11||59 kg||$ 7.50|
|9||7||DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB)||Sam Kavanagh||Noel Callow||15.8 l||1||59 kg||$ 101|
|10||2||KOLDING (NZ)||Chris Waller||Luke Dittman||16L||10||59 kg||$ 101|
|11||10||ZIV MANHATTAN||Peter & Will Hulbert||Brad Stewart||16.2 l||8||59 kg||$ 101|
|6||YONKERS (USA)||Chris Waller||Larry Cassidy||0|
|8||MAXIMUM (GB)||John O’Shea||Ryan Maloney||0|
|4||GREAT HOUSE (IRE)||Chris Waller||Ben Thompson||0|
Table of Merit: Racing Australia.