Rescheduled 2022 Doomben Cup Field & Betting Update: Zaaki Odds-On In Barrier 10

May 26, 2022

Rescheduled 2022 Doomben Cup Field & Betting Update: Zaaki Odds-On In Barrier 10

After being twice rescheduled, finally punters in Brisbane get to see Zaaki in action with the defending champion odds-on favourite to win the new-look 2022 Doomben Cup at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Zaaki (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Reigning champ Zaaki is firming favourite to go back-to-back in the rescheduled 2022 Doomben Cup at Eagle Farm this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

Heavy rainfall and unsafe racing conditions saw last Saturday’s Doomben Cup Day meeting called off and originally rescheduled for Doomben on Wednesday.

With the inclement weather continuing, the midweek meet was cancelled and the three key races on the card including the Group 1 $1 million Doomben Cup added to a monster Queensland Derby Day card at Eagle Farm.

It’s a new track and a new distance with the Doomben Cup now to run over 2100m, but markets on the 10-horse field remain led the Annabel Neasham-trained Zaaki.

Last year’s seven-length champion comes via the same lead-up win as 12 months ago having taken out the Group 2 A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast on May 7.

After completing the Hollindale – Doomben Cup double last winter, Zaaki went on to salute for the punters in the Group 2 $1.2 million The Q22 (2200m) at Eagle Farm.

Proven at the track, the evergreen seven-year-old now jumps from the outside alley with a confident James McDonald aboard.

Zaaki gets a more suitable racing surface with Eagle Farm currently rated a Soft (6), and his Doomben Cup odds are firming accordingly.

“This track will suit him perfectly,” McDonald told Sky Racing after riding Zaaki in an Eagle Farm gallop on Tuesday morning.

“Annabel has brought him here three times now. He is very familiar with it, and it was great to get him back on it today. It is obviously a nice, safe surface and he had an extremely good morning.

“I was very with happy with him. He wasn’t out to do a hell of a lot. He just cruised through his paces over 1000m … came home in 24.5 or 25.

“He felt terrific, and he has pulled up extremely well, so he is ticking along beautifully.”

Zaaki is into $1.40 in the latest Doomben Cup betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au with only the Chris Waller-trained mare Polly Grey ($9.50) also at single-figures.

She jumps from gate seven with Tim Clark in the saddle, the in-form daughter of Azamour last seen running three-quarters of a length second to Zaaki in the Hollindale.

Polly Grey was excellent the run before in the Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m) winning by over three lengths, but would present as a bigger danger on a really wet track.

Waller also saddles-up Hollindale third place-getter Kukeracha ($15), last start Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap winner at Eagle Farm Yonkers ($31) and Gosford Cup runner-up Great House ($34) in this year’s Doomben Cup field.

The other notable chances chasing a boilover include the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Huetor ($12) in gate two with Kerrin McEvoy riding and Group 1 winning New Zealand mare Coventina Bay ($15) coming off a fifth in the Hollindale.

The 2022 Doomben Cup is set to run as Eagle Farm Race 5 at 1:28pm (AEST) with the latest markets available here courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2022 Doomben Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x1131x2121 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham James McDonald 10 59kg 119
2 4205×13330 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Andrew Forsman Opie Bosson 3 59kg 110
3 x28057x613 KUKERACHA (NZ) Chris Waller James Orman 5 59kg 105
4 1682×52661 YONKERS (USA) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1 59kg 105
5 15510×4382 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) Chris Waller William Pike 9 59kg 104
6 019x111x34 HUETOR (FR) Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 2 59kg 96
7 2242x6x00x MAXIMAL (GB) John O’Shea Nash Rawiller 6 59kg 95
8 1x42x7x956 ESTI FENY (HUN) Matthew Smith Ryan Maloney 8 59kg 92
9 x013x20212 POLLY GREY (NZ) Chris Waller Tim Clark 7 57kg 110
10 09×1221125 COVENTINA BAY (NZ) Robbie Patterson Ms Samantha Collett 4 57kg 108

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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