Weather Watch for Tattersall’s Cup Hope Zabeelionaire

They may be among the acceptances for Saturday’s 2013 Tattersall’s Cup but Kyneton-based horseman Leon Corstens is far from confirming a start in the Eagle Farm clash for his former SA Derby winner Zabeelionaire.


Zabeelionaire will be scratched from the 2013 Tattersall's Cup if the track is rain affected at Eagle Farm. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The weather will be the determining factor as to whether four-year-old Zabeel stallion Zabeelionaire lines up in the current 13-horse field for the $200,000 Group 3 Carlton Draught Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) set to run as Tattersall’s Tiara Day Race 6 at 3:05pm (AEST).

Earlier in their career Zabeelionaire was shaping up as a stayer to watch when their opening campaign ended with a close fourth to Sangster in the 2011 Victoria Derby.

They went on to win the next year’s Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) at Morphettville but have failed to really do anything of note since.

Third last in last year’s iconic Melbourne Cup clash over the two miles at Flemington, Zabeelionaire has finished dead last in their two most recent runs.

First was a third-up 13th behind Beaten Up in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) where they were outclassed by seven lengths with a sixth to Quintessential in the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) on a Slow (7) track to follow two weeks later, form that doesn’t have Corstens all too worried.

“He’s going really well. The tracks have been against him,” Corstens said.

Corstens had Zabeelionaire in the mix for last Saturday’s Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) but they were scratched from the winter classic, subsequently won by roughie pick Anagold, after the wet weather saw the track rated in the Slow range.

They will again be a no show in Brisbane this weekend if there’s rain around.

“There’s no point running him on a wet track. If the track is rain-affected he won’t run,” Corstens confirmed.

At the moment the course proper is rated a Dead (5) but the forecast isn’t looking good for non-wet trackers with rain predicted all day Friday and continuing until about lunchtime on Saturday.

Should they be withdrawn from Saturday’s race options for Zabeelionaire are to stay in work for the $200,000 Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) the following week at the Sunshine Coast or to send them out for a brief break ahead of a Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival return.

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