Darley filly Zydeco was always considered one of the top 2012 Crown Oaks contenders but she is set to start a clear favourite after a convincing win in the Group 2 2012 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at Flemington today.
With genuine speed set by Transonic and Donna Cativa at the front of the big field, the race played into the hands of Kerrin McEvoy aboard the talented young stayer.
McEvoy was able to keep her quiet at the back of the field before unleashing her for a run in the home straight where showed her superior staying ability to quickly round up her rivals and kick clear for a two-length win ahead of Maraatib and Transonic.
McEvoy was singing the daughter of Zabeel’s praises post race and suggested she will be tough to beat in Thursday’s Group 1 fillies’ feature.
“I was able just to get back and relax. When I got to the outside she really picked up and had a trouble free run,” McEvoy said.
“It’s good signs going into next week over 2500m in the Oaks.
“Hopefully we can do the same next Thursday.”
Trainer Anthony Freedman said the progressive stayer had been a slow to develop but is confident she is now cherry ripe for the Oaks.
“She’s a lovely filly, she came on very late in the spring,” Freedman said.
“She’s just kept lifting each time and hopefully she can go out and do it again.
“Kerrin rode her pefectly and she should enjoy the mile and a half on Thursday.”
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Wakeful Stakes 2012 – Results
|1||4||ZYDECO||Anthony Freedman||Kerrin McEvoy||–||10||54kg||$3.10F|
|2||6||MARAATIB||David Hayes||Michael Walker||2L||3||54kg||$101|
|3||5||TRANSONIC||John P Thompson||Mark Zahra||2.1L||12||54kg (cd 54.5kg)||$17|
|4||1||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners||Jim Cassidy||3.1L||7||56.5kg||$3.30|
|5||8||KATE (NZ)||Wayne Hillis||James McDonald||3.2L||8||54kg||$31|
|6||2||MAMA’S CHOICE||David Hayes||Damien Oliver||4.2L||9||55kg||$21|
|7||10||LA ZUMA||Michael Moroney||Corey Brown||4.5L||2||54kg||$31|
|8||3||DONNA CATTIVA (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Ben Melham||4.6L||6||55kg||$26|
|9||11||ZUCCOTTO||Guy Walter||Hugh Bowman||4.9L||5||54kg||$13|
|10||7||TYANNA||Robbie Griffiths||Michael Rodd||5.1L||4||54kg||$7|
|11||12||TEN BLACK||Matthew Hyland||Luke Nolen||5.6L||11||54kg||$61|
|12||9||MADAM ARCHER||Robbie Griffiths||Ryan Maloney||10.6L||1||54kg||$151|