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Ciaron Maher’s Perth expat Hazzabeel finally broke through for his maiden Victorian win on Sunday breaking a year long drought with success in the Kilmore Cup 2016.
Originally raced in W.A. but trained by Gai Waterhouse, the now six-year-old son of champion sire Zabeel hadn’t been seen in the winner’s stall since his Ascot win this time last year in the Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes (1500m).
His best result since was a fourth in this winter’s Group 3 Roma Cup (1200m) behind Battle Hero at Belmont.
Transferred to Caulfield Cup winning trainer Maher’s care at the start of the spring, Hazzabeel broke through for his first victory outside of W.A. second-up for his new horseman.
His first-up run on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington produced a ninth to Flippant in the Listed MSS Security Stakes (1200m).
On Sunday the galloper relished the step-up in distance and posted a smart one and three-quarter length victory in the $130,000 Listed Kilmore Cup (1600m) over the mile.
Ridden by apprentice Michael Dee for the first time, Hazzabeel ($18) beat home the Peter White-trained Inspector ($18) by the commanding margin, the runner-up coming off a fourth to Redkirk Warrior in the previous weekend’s Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m).
Finishing off this spring’s Kilmore Cup trifecta in third just over two lengths off the winner was the beaten Mick Price-trained favourite The Chairman ($4.40) who failed to post his third straight win after earlier wins at Bendigo (1600m) and Flemington (1800m) this time in.
It was a nice return to form from the Kilmore Cup winner who settled back off the pace set by Majestic Duke in the early part of the race before racing wide throughout and running them down on the home straight.
“It’s good to win for Ciaron Maher and the team – a super training effort to get this horse back from some poor form in WA,” Dee told Racing Victoria post-win.
“He had the fresh-up run over 1200 [metres] then struck the mile here today.
“He relaxed beautifully and worked into it stylishly. I knew I had it won a long way out and he won with ease.”
Should Maher race on with Hazzabeel this prep a possible target could be the $120,000 Listed Lord Stakes (1700m) at Caulfield Racecourse on Boxing Day.
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2016 Kilmore Cup Results & Finishing Order
Kilmore Race 7 – 20/11/2016
|1||6||HAZZABEEL (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||Michael Dee (a)||–||4||54.5kg||$18|
|2||13||INSPECTOR||Peter White||Dean Yendall||1.75L||9||54kg||$21|
|3||14||THE CHAIRMAN||Mick Price||Dom Tourneur||2.15L||5||54kg||$4.40F|
|4||15e||AMARELA (NZ)||Nigel Blackiston||Paddy Pilley (a)||4.4L||14||54kg||$61|
|5||1||KENJORWOOD||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||4.6L||2||60kg||$11|
|6||2||MIHANY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||4.8L||12||57kg||$7.50|
|7||7||PETROLOGY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Cory Parish||5.3L||8||54.5kg||$12|
|8||9||FLOW METER||John Hickmott||Darren Gauci||5.4L||7||54kg||$31|
|9||5||MABEEL (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Michael Walker||6.15L||10||55.5kg||$4.80|
|10||8||MASTER RESET||Matt Laurie||Luke Currie||6.65L||11||54kg||$4.80|
|11||3||DYLANSON||Phillip Stokes||Noel Callow||8.15L||1||56kg||$26|
|12||10||COLDSTONE (FR)||Michael Kent||Beau Mertens (a)||9.4L||3||54kg||$21|
|13||11||MAJESTIC DUKE||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Dean Holland||21.4L||13||54kg||$81|
|14||16e||SHARALAM (IRE)||Tony Romeo||Anthony Boyd (a)||21.5L||6||54kg||$201|
|–||12||VITAL IMPORTANCE||Henry Dwyer||Chris Symons||–||0||–||–|
|–||4||NEVIS (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Ms Katelyn Mallyon||–||0||–||–|
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