2021 Hollindale Stakes Winner Zaaki Firms in Doomben Cup Betting

May 8, 2021

2021 Hollindale Stakes Winner Zaaki Firms in Doomben Cup Betting

The Annabel Neasham-trained import Zaaki was huge winning the A.D. Hollindale Stakes 2021 on the Gold Coast with ease putting away a class field at just his third start down under on way to the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m).

Streama Horse Form (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Zaaki will attempt the AD Hollindale – Doomben Cup double last completed by Streama (pictured). Photo: Steve Hart.

The British-bred six-year-old was well-supported by the punters to take out this year’s Group 2 $500,000 A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) having been dropped back in distance from his lead-up second behind Paths Of Glory at Randwick on April 24 in the Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m).

It proved a winning move by Neasham as Zaaki was given a wonderfully-timed ride on-speed by star Sydney hoop James McDonald.

“Gee, J Mac’s the best for a reason, it was a beautiful ride,” Neasham told Sky Thoroughbred Central post-win when quick to credit James McDonald.

“He (Zaaki) is quite a strong traveller and once he got in that spot, I was quite confident he’d be hard to beat.

“That’s when he’s at his best, when he’s fresh and dropped back to the 1800m.”

Eighty-to-one roughie Tiptronic charged out to lead the Hollindale field around, while Zaaki settled fourth in the run getting a beautiful trail into the race.

The outsider in betting was still in the lead with 600m to go, while McDonald began his move on the heavily-backed favourite getting Zaaki up into third approaching the turn.

Onto the straight it was Zaaki on the outside of the Chris Waller-trained Shared Ambition, before the eventual champion shot clear and charged out to a huge lead over the final furlong.

Absolutely bolting home, Zaaki ($3.60F) still had over two lengths to spare on the line over the fast finishing Fifty Stars ($9) who was good late narrowing the gap from a mid-field run with William Pike aboard.

Waller’s last start Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) winner – when ridden by McDonald – out of Sydney Shared Ambition ($16) rounded out the trifecta in third with Jim Byrne in the saddle.

Zaaki looks to have a huge future in Australia off the commanding Hollindale win where he easily put away a quality field on what was far from his preferred racing surface.

“He’s much better on firm ground,” Neasham warned rivals.

“Hopefully, if we get a firm track, in the Doomben Cup we might see an even better performance.”

The mare Streama (2014) was the last galloper to complete the A.D. Hollindale Stakes – Doomben Cup double.

All-in Doomben Cup 2021 betting at Ladbrokes.com.au on the $700,000 held on May 22nd has Zaaki listed as the $4.80 favourite with full markets available here.

2021 A.D. Hollindale Stakes Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham James McDonald 12 59kg $3.60F
2 1 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes William Pike 2.25L 10 59kg $9
3 6 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller Jim Byrne 2.45L 7 59kg $16
4 2 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Nash Rawiller 4.45L 8 59kg $4.60
5 4 HUMIDOR (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Rodd 4.65L 3 59kg $41
6 11 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 5.15L 5 57kg $21
7 5 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Luke Dittman 5.25L 1 59kg $26
8 8 TIPTRONIC (NZ) Graham Richardson & Rogan Norvall Glen Boss 6.75L 2 59kg $81
9 3 HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 6.95L 13 59kg $12
10 9 MELODY BELLE (NZ) Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 7.05L 14 57kg $7
11 13 VANNA GIRL Toby & Trent Edmonds Mark Zahra 7.25L 9 57kg $14
12 10 NETTOYER Wendy Roche Ben Thompson 8.5L 11 57kg $18
13 14 TWO ILLICIT (NZ) Roger James & Robert Wellwood Vinnie Colgan 10L 6 57kg $51
14 16e THE CANDY MAN Barry Baldwin Baylee Nothdurft 11.25L 4 59kg $81
17e FLASH AAH Mitchell Fry 0
12 PARADEE Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 0
15e BRANDENBURG (NZ) John Sargent Regan Bayliss 0

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