2021 The Q22 Field & Betting: Zaaki Odds-On

June 8, 2021

2021 The Q22 Field & Betting: Zaaki Odds-On

Annabel Neasham’s in-form Doomben Cup champion Zaaki is already in odds-on territory to keep the wins coming in Saturday’s highly-anticipated $1.2 million The Q22 race at Eagle Farm.

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

Toffee Tongue is considered the “danger” in The Q22 betting this weekend at Eagle Farm. Photo: Steve Hart.

The inaugural running of the revamped PJ O’Shea Stakes is one of the key events on the Stradbroke Handicap Day card in Brisbane on the weekend, the Group 2 Sky Racing The Q22 (2200m) drawing a final field of 16.

Heading the line-up and dominating The Q22 betting markets at a very short $1.50 through Ladbrokes.com.au, Zaaki is drawn well in barrier nine with the season’s leading Group 1 winning hoop down under James McDonald in the saddle.

McDonald partnered the six-year-old to back-to-back wins last month firstly in the Gold Coast’s Group 2 A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) before the historical runaway seven-length success in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) last time out.

Zaaki had the same barrier (9) that day at Doomben and was in a class all of his own winning the Group 1 by that huge margin, with little to suggest he won’t be equally impressive at the roomier Eagle Farm track over a furlong further this weekend.

Distant runner-up in the Doomben Cup results, Toffee Tongue is also in The Q22 field looking to close the gap somewhat in the rematch.

The Chris Waller-trained four-year-old Tavistock mare has suffered an early blow drawing out in gate 15 (of 16) with Nash Rawiller in the saddle again.

Despite the wide alley, Toffee Tongue is considered the “danger” in The Q22 betting at $8 as the only other single-figure fancy to post her first victory since the Group 3 Sky High Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill in mid-March.

Waller has won three previous editions of the event when it ran as the Eagle Farm Cup and then the PJ O’Shea Stakes with Triple Honour (2010), Moriarty (2014) and most recently Egg Tart (2018).

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Along with Toffee Tongue, the master trainer also saddles-up Reloaded in this year’s event, the in-form Snitzel four-year-old drawn a treat in gate five with Hugh Bowman to ride.

Reloaded chases a third win on the trot following two lead-up Brisbane wins in easier company, the latest a one length Group 3 Lord Mayors Cup (1800m) victory at the Eagle Farm course on May 29.

Saturday he is after his first win over further than that and is at current The Q22 odds of $34 to score the upset.

Shorter in the markets are the likes of Anthony & Sam Freedman’s Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap winner at Doomben last time out Warning ($11), Doomben Cup third placed Brandenburg ($17) and the Mark Newnham-trained last start Group 3 Premier’s Cup winner at the track Spirit Ridge ($17) also out to stop the hard-to-beat favourite from continuing his outstanding winter form.

Click here for the latest The Q22 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 The Q22 Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x3647x6211 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham James McDonald 9 59kg 114
2 x173x31x93 HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 11 59kg 110
3 4108x9308x MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Glen Boss 1 59kg 107
4 2211×25021 SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 2 59kg 107
5 5x05x75810 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Opie Bosson 12 59kg 106
6 3x7600x051 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman Jim Byrne 6 59kg 105
7 03876×0013 BRANDENBURG (NZ) John Sargent Ms Rachel King 10 59kg 104
8 43125×5717 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 8 59kg 104
9 5046×94211 RELOADED Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 5 59kg 103
10 3741311357 HANG MAN (IRE) Michael Moroney Ben Thompson 3 59kg 103
11 55×7783143 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) Richard & Michael Freedman Craig Williams 13 59kg 100
12 000×405035 THE CANDY MAN Barry Baldwin 16 59kg 100
13 00×8791044 NETTOYER Wendy Roche Tommy Berry 7 57kg 110
14 203×681462 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 15 57kg 108
15 90399×1704 VANNA GIRL Toby & Trent Edmonds Brad Stewart 4 57kg 102
16 66221×7625 CELLARMAID Kelly Schweida James Orman 14 57kg 80
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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