Zaaki Scratched from Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2021 Field: Anamoe New Favourite

October 23, 2021

Zaaki Scratched from Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2021 Field: Anamoe New Favourite

Race favourite Zaaki has sensationally been scratched from the Group 1 $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley today due to an elevated temperature with Godolphin three-year-old Anamoe now firm favourite in the Australasian weight-for-age classic.

Zaaki (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

Race favourite Zaaki has been scratched from the 2021 Cox Plate field with an elevated temperature. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

In a devastating blow for trainer Annabel Neasham, connections of the class import and jockey James McDonald the pre-race favourite was officially scratched from the Cox Plate 2021 field on race day morning having been found to have an elevated temperature.

“Absolutely devastated to report that Zaaki had been scratched from the Cox Plate due to an elevated temperature,” Neasham posted.

“Gutted for connections and James McDonald.”

Zaaki (6) was out to atone for his lead-up third in the Might And Power Stakes and was around $2.80 in Cox Plate betting through race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au at the time of his scratching.

His shock scratching has left the James Cummings-trained Anamoe as the $3 favourite in the Cox Plate markets.

With Zaaki out, the job for jockey Craig Williams on Anamoe becomes easier with the Caulfield Guineas winning Street Boss colt into barrier eight.

Godolphin chase their first Cox Plate trophy and Anamoe is out to be the first three-year-old officially since Shamus Award (2013) to win.

Chris Waller‘s nine-time Group 1 winning mare Verry Elleegant is now into $3.70 Cox Plate odds to take her number of elite level wins into double figures and will jump from barrier 7 with Damian Lane in the saddle.

Zaaki is officially the second Cox Plate scratching this season following Friday’s withdrawal of the Maher/Eustace trained Gold Trip (2) on vet’s advice.

Neasham is still in with a chance saddling-up dual Group 1 winner Mo’unga from barrier three, the youngster well backed in from $16 to $6.

Zaaki meanwhile will instead target the Group 1 $2 million Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on November 6, the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Click here for the latest Cox Plate 2021 betting markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

Updated 2021 Cox Plate Field 

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x6D111x113 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham James McDonald 6 59kg 120
2 7x0733x083 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Daniel Moor 3 59kg 118
3 0x34x52x3x GOLD TRIP (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damien Oliver 2 59kg 119
4 3x21223x11 CALLSIGN MAV (NZ) John Bary Luke Nolen 5 59kg 115
5 x32107x125 MO’UNGA (NZ) Annabel Neasham Hugh Bowman 4 57.5kg 117
6 7x3112x214 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller Damian Lane 9 57kg 118
7 x1102x1521 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Brett Prebble 7 57kg 117
8 125435x31x STATE OF REST (IRE) Joseph O’Brien John Allen 8 56.5kg 115
9 x23121x121 ANAMOE James Cummings Craig Williams 10 49.5kg 116
10 x3531x3672 CAPTIVANT Peter & Paul Snowden Dean Yendall 1 49.5kg 115

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

 

 

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