The Ben, Will & JD Hayes-trained Cox...
Annabel Neasham’s star import Zaaki returns as the deserving short-priced favourite to successfully defend his title in the 2022 A.D. Hollindale Stakes at the Gold Coast this weekend.
Last Queensland Winter Racing Carnival the ace British-bred galloper was brilliant winning the Group 2 $500,000 A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) by over two lengths.
He would go on to enjoy a stellar season in the sunshine state recording a seven-length romp home in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) before victory in the lucrative $1.2 million Group 2 The Q22 over 2200m.
A subsequent dual Group 1 champion in Melbourne over the spring, the evergreen seven-year-old has been equally impressive this campaign.
Two back Zaaki won the $5 million The All-Star Mile (1600m) in style at HQ before his close second on a Heavy (10) Randwick track when only a half-length second to Think It Over in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).
He’s been freshened-up since and looks ready to fire with a month between runs.
Drawn a treat in barrier four with James McDonald aboard, Zaaki is the class horse and looks a huge chance to go back-to-back in the race for the first time since Leebaz (2015-16).
The AD Hollindale Stakes betting markets suggest the same with Zaaki at an odds-on quote of $1.60 and firming at Ladbrokes.com.au.
The only other runner under double-figures at current AD Hollindale Stakes odds of $6 is Ayrton for Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr.
Jumping from out wide in barrier 14 with Hugh Bowman in the saddle, the ultra-consistent Kiwi-bred son of Iffraaj is starting to put together a very nice record with six wins and two minor placings from his eight career starts to date.
A progressive four-year-old, he has won two of his past three assignments in easier grade including a last start Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) win at Caulfield over Streets Of Avalon.
Outside the top two in betting the only other runners under $20 for an upset are the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained French import Huetor ($11), the Chris Waller-trained mare Polly Grey ($13) coming off a Group 3 JRA Plate win (2000m) at Randwick and the airborne daughter of Shamexpress from New Zealand Coventina Bay ($19).
2022 AD Hollindale Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||1x1131x212||ZAAKI (GB)||Annabel Neasham||James McDonald||4||59kg||119|
|2||1x599x0480||KOLDING (NZ)||Chris Waller||Luke Dittman||13||59kg||110|
|3||1x121x13x1||AYRTON (NZ)||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||Hugh Bowman||14||59kg||104|
|4||515510×438||GREAT HOUSE (IRE)||Chris Waller||Ben Thompson||6||59kg||103|
|5||1x28057x61||KUKERACHA (NZ)||Chris Waller||James Orman||12||59kg||103|
|6||x1682x5266||YONKERS (USA)||Chris Waller||Larry Cassidy||9||59kg||102|
|7||1400x900x7||DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB)||Sam Kavanagh||Noel Callow||1||59kg||100|
|8||x2242x6x00||MAXIMAL (GB)||John O’Shea||Ryan Maloney||2||59kg||95|
|9||0019x111x3||HUETOR (FR)||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||7||59kg||93|
|10||215×804223||HAIL MANHATTAN||Peter & Will Hulbert||Brad Stewart||11||59kg||93|
|11||709×122112||COVENTINA BAY (NZ)||Robbie Patterson||Ms Samantha Collett||3||57kg||109|
|12||5x013x2021||POLLY GREY (NZ)||Chris Waller||Opie Bosson||10||57kg||108|
|13||x84837x4x0||HUNGRY HEART||Chris Waller||William Pike||8||57kg||107|
|14||1x03411x69||ZAYYDANI (NZ)||Ben & JD Hayes||Andrew Mallyon||5||57kg||105|
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