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John O’Shea’s classy Zabeel gelding Zabrasive is set to resume racing on August 28 in the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on way to a run in the 2010 Melbourne Cup.
O’Shea has scheduled the $200,000 Group 2 Memsie Stakes (1400m) as Zabrasive’s first-up spring run on Saturday fortnight, where the star Sydney stayer will come face to face with the 2010 Cox Plate favourite Shoot Out.
The John Wallace-trained Shoot Out is shaping up as the champion galloper of the carnival, having already won his two season starts claiming victory in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) and the Group 2 JJ Liston Stakes (1400m).
The stunning season start for the boom Queenslander has seen Shoot Out shorten into the clear $5 favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au to win this year’s $3 million Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 23.
To date Zabrasive has won three of his seven career starts for $436,050 in prizemoney, and has a long rivalry with Shoot Out following their three clashes during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Randwick-based trainer O’Shea also has Jessicabeel and Smokin’ Gun nominated for the $6 million Melbourne Cup.
Sydney Cup winning mare and half-sister to Zabrasive, Jessicabeel is already one of the early Melbourne Cup favourites at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $17 while High Chaparral gelding Smokin’ Gun is an outside chance to make the 24-horse Melbourne Cup final field at $201 odds to win the Flemington feature.
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