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Fresh off the back of an impressive and resounding victory in the Listed Warrnambool Cup (2350m) last time out, jockey Brad Rawiller is confident talented gelding Akzar is the in right form to claim a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing in this weekend’s Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m).
Arguably reaching career best form over his current preparation, Rawiller told TVN he believes all signs point towards a successful step-up in class for the Selkirk gelding this weekend.
“He’s going into a Group 1 at weight-for-age, a big step up from what he’s been against, but his form this time in has been outstanding and he’s deserving of the chance” Rawiller said.
“He handles the reverse way terrific and he won his first start in Ireland going the reverse way. He is just in great order.
“It wasn’t the brilliance of the work, but just the workman-like way he went about it” Rawiller added of the Warrnambool triumph.
Claiming an impressive eight wins and twelves places from his 35 competitive starts to date, Akzar has been a standout performer over his current racing preparation; claiming three back-to-back victories and finishing second in the well-contested Community Race Day Handicap (2000m) on April 5th, before again finishing just off the pace in the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) prior to his six length victory at Warrnambool.
A possibility to return to the spelling paddock following the 2014 Doomben Cup, trainer Darren Weir will use results from this weekend’s feature race dictate Akzar’s next step, with an appearance in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) on June 7th also a realistic possibility.
Having so far received the market share of attention from punters for success in the Doomben Cup, Akzar has been slashed from an opening quote of more than $7 to current feature at $5 odds and register as clear market mover.
Breaking through for a maiden victory this season in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) on the Gold Coast last time out, Group 1 champion Streama is currently sole occupant of the top line of betting for success in the Doomben Cup at a quote of $4.20, ahead of Leebaz ($4.60).
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