Zaaki Scratched From King Charles III Stakes 2023 Field: Betting Update

October 14, 2023

Zaaki Scratched From King Charles III Stakes 2023 Field: Betting Update

Veteran galloper Zaaki is a late scratching from the Group 1 $5 million King Charles III Stakes (1600m) field at Royal Randwick today.

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

Zaaki is a late scratching from the $5 million King Charles III Stakes field in Sydney today. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Trainer Annabel Neasham was forced to make the late withdrawal on vet’s advice due to the nine-year-old’s abnormal blood work.

The dual Mackinnon Stakes champion showed a slightly elevated blood cell count, likely an indication of a minor virus, on Friday.

Stewards accepted the late scratching on Saturday morning however after a delay in the subsequent blood results taken from the gelding yesterday afternoon.

Zaaki is the second official scratching from the lucrative mile showdown on The Everest Day card along with Democracy Manifest from the Chris Waller stable.

Democracy Manifest was drawn the far outside alley (16 of 16) and was to be ridden by Tyler Schiller.

Zaaki had barrier seven with Ms Jamie Kah now without a ride in the weight-for-age event.

The Ben, Will & JD Hayes-trained Mr Brightside has firmed into odds-on territory sitting at King Charles III Stakes odds of $1.90 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

The ace miler chases win number six on the trot and was last seen winning the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.

Craig Williams has the prize mount on the clear top elect in the markets with Mr Brightside coming in from barrier eight to seven.

Waller’s multiple Group 1 winning mare Fangirl in gate two with James McDonald aboard the considered the danger occupying the second line of betting at $7.50.

The news of Zaaki’s scratching came as a blow to connections who were forced to see their prized weight-for-age import sit out of the famous Cox Plate race at Moonee Valley two years ago when he was withdrawn on race day morning with an elevated temperature.

Zaaki ran in last year’s Cox Plate finishing a brave fourth to gun Godolphin galloper, the since-retired Anamoe.

He has been in typically terrific form this spring running a half-length third to Fangirl fresh in the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) before being narrowly denied when runner-up to Think It Over by a nose in the inaugural $1 million 7 Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on September 16.

The 7 Stakes winner Think It Over meanwhile pays $12 in King Charles III Stakes betting to salute at the same track and trip in Randwick Race 9 at 5:35pm (AEDT) this afternoon.

Zaaki is likely to still contest the Group 1 $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 28 and is out to $21 in pre-field markets at race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au.

Click here for the updated 2023 King Charles III Stakes odds.

Updated King Charles III Stakes Field 2023

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x14241x631 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 4 59kg 120
2 3x5211x111 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Craig Williams 8 59kg 119
3 341x217x32 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham Ms Jamie Kah 7 59kg 118
4 8x0653216x HUETOR (FR) Peter & Paul Snowden Joshua Parr 12 59kg 111
5 2x6x372332 LIGHT INFANTRY MAN (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Zac Purton 6 59kg 110
6 6x6026x647 MY OBERON (IRE) Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 3 59kg 109
7 x216x143x2 BUCKAROO (GB) Joseph O’Brien Hugh Bowman 10 59kg 107
8 121735×454 ZEYREK (FR) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Sam Clipperton 13 59kg 106
9 1113553×40 NUGGET (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dylan Gibbons (a) 9 59kg 104
10 3x1761x015 DEMOCRACY MANIFEST Chris Waller Tyler Schiller 16 59kg 101
11 x2400x9013 GOLDEN MILE James Cummings Zac Lloyd (a) 5 58.5kg 109
12 11x3131x92 KOVALICA (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 15 58.5kg 108
13 x641211x11 REDIENER Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 1 58.5kg 107
14 62x3227x13 FANGIRL Chris Waller James McDonald 2 57kg 114
15 23x216Px52 ATISHU (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 11 57kg 111
16 42x1442x36 HOPE IN YOUR HEART Kerry Parker Jason Collett 14 57kg 109

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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