2021 Doomben Cup Results: Zaaki Wins By 7 Lengths

May 22, 2021

2021 Doomben Cup Results: Zaaki Wins By 7 Lengths

The heavily-backed favourite Zaaki was absolutely dominant in the Doomben Cup 2021 in Brisbane, Annabel Neasham‘s last start Hollindale winner annihilating a Group 1 field full of stars by seven lengths.

Toffee Tongue (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Toffee Tongue (pictured in Sydney) finished seven lengths back second to runaway 2021 Doomben Cup winner Zaaki. Photo: Steve Hart.

It was an excellent edition of the Group 1 $700,000 Channel 7 Doomben Cup (2000m) this winter, the line-up including a host of proven stars including last year’s Cox Plate hero Sir Dragonet and Jamie Richards’ 14-time Group 1 winning mare from New Zealand Melody Belle in her final race.

All the money in Doomben Cup betting however was on the British-bred six-year-old Zaaki following his big lead-up win at the Gold Coast in the Group 2 AD Hollindale Stakes (1800m).

In-form hoop James McDonald – now a 53-time Group 1 winning rider – gave the galloper another very confident ride and Zaaki did not disappoint, scoring potentially the easiest Doomben Cup victory in history.

Record breaker McDonald got the favourite into the ideal position second travelling in the slipstream of the leader Brandenburg who was setting a nice pace up front.

Approaching the turn for home, the tiering front-runner was no match as McDonald made his move going up into the lead aboard Zaaki.

From there, nothing was getting close to the runaway champion with Zaaki opening up a huge gap on the rest of the field to eventually beat home the Chris Waller-trained mare Toffee Tongue by some seven lengths.

In third to round out the trifecta was the brave pace-maker Brandenburg holding on for a minor placing at big odds.

It was a disappointing swansong run for both Melody Belle as well as dual Cox Plate placed Humidor who also had his 50th and final career start in the Doomben Cup 2021, the retiring pair running fifth and seventh respectively.

As for the brilliant Doomben Cup winner, the sky looks the limit for Zaaki who handed Neasham her second career Group 1.

“That was amazing. Wow,” Neasham told the media post-win.

“That was a brilliant ride.

“He (McDonald) was very confident.”

She is now eyeing the bigger and better races over the spring including the Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) held at The Valley on October 23rd.

“He’s run the 2000 (metres pretty easily),” she said of the horse.

“I can’t wait for the Cox Plate.

“He looks a proper Group 1 horse.”

Following his Doomben Cup triumph, Zaaki is into $6 favouritism in the pre-nomination 2021 Cox Plate betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au available in full here.

Next-up there could be a very lucrative option for Zaaki in the Group 2 $1.2 million The Q22 (2200m) at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Day, June 12.

All-in The Q22 betting at Ladbrokes.com.au – available here – has Zaaki at a nearly odds-on quote of $2.

2021 Doomben Cup Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham James McDonald 9 59kg $2.25F
2 12 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 7L 3 57kg $18
3 9 BRANDENBURG (NZ) John Sargent Regan Bayliss 9.25L 10 59kg $31
4 11 NETTOYER Wendy Roche Ron Stewart 9.65L 5 57kg $51
5 10 MELODY BELLE (NZ) Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 11.9L 8 57kg $18
6 4 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 12L 7 59kg $18
7 6 HUMIDOR (NZ) Chris Waller Damian Lane 12.5L 4 59kg $26
8 7 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller Jim Byrne 13.25L 6 59kg $11
9 1 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 17.5L 2 59kg $4.80
10 2 MUGATOO (IRE) Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 49.5L 1 59kg $6.50
8 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 0
3 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Jye McNeil 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Lost And Running Heads 2021 Th...

Mackinnon Stakes 2021 Results:...

Mackinnon Stakes 2021 Results: Zaaki Wins Consolation Prize

Annabel Neasham‘s scratched Cox Plate favourite Zaaki returned to...

2021 Darley Sprint Classic Res...

2021 Darley Sprint Classic Results: Everest Champion Nature Strip Wins Again

Nature Strip had been beaten as an odds-on favourite five times previously but...

2021 Mackinnon Stakes Day: Fle...

2021 Mackinnon Stakes Day: Flemington Scratchings & Track Report

The final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival takes place at Headquarters in...

2021 Kennedy Oaks Results: Wil...

2021 Kennedy Oaks Results: Willowy Wins for Godolphin

The James Cummings-trained Willowy donning the iconic Royal Blue of Godolphin...

Horse Racing Today

2022 Magic Millions 3YO Guinea...

2022 Magic Millions 2YO Classi...

2022 Magic Millions 2YO Classic Results: Coolangatta Wins Ahead of Slipper Bid

Short-priced favourite Coolangatta proved her early brilliance again remaining...

2022 Magic Millions Snippets W...

2022 Magic Millions Snippets Winner Isotope Brilliant First-Up

The Tony Gollan-trained Isotope was brilliant first-up returning to winning...

2022 Magic Millions Race Day: ...

2022 Magic Millions Race Day: Gold Coast Scratchings & Track Report

Summer’s always-popular $10 million Magic Millions Race Day 2022 lights-up the...

2021 Villiers Stakes Results: ...

2021 Villiers Stakes Results: Winner Brutality Wins Spot in Doncaster Mile Field

A master training performance by Joe Pride saw Brutality race for the third...

Race Results

2022 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas Winner King Of Sparta Too Good

2022 Magic Millions 2YO Classic Results: Coolangatta Wins Ahead of Slipper Bid

Magic Millions Cup 2022 Results: Eleven Eleven Wins Again

2022 Magic Millions Snippets Winner Isotope Brilliant First-Up

2021 Villiers Stakes Results: Winner Brutality Wins Spot in Doncaster Mile Field

Race Previews

Undefeated Marabi Heads 2022 Australia Stakes Field & Odds

2022 Expressway Stakes Field & Betting Update: Anamoe Odds-On

2022 Magic Millions Race Day: Gold Coast Scratchings & Track Report

Magic Millions 2YO Classic 2022 Betting Update: Coolangatta Firm Favourite

2022 Magic Millions Snippets Field & Betting Update

Fields & Form

Undefeated Marabi Heads 2022 Australia Stakes Field & Odds

2022 Expressway Stakes Field & Betting Update: Anamoe Odds-On

2022 Magic Millions Race Day: Gold Coast Scratchings & Track Report

2022 Magic Millions Snippets Field & Betting Update

Magic Millions Cup 2022 Field & Odds Update