Racing Confidential: Zaaki’s marketing campaign on maintain following lacklustre gallops

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Zaaki’s autumn carnival marketing campaign is in limbo with coach Annabel Neasham hoping a brief spell can revitalise her steady star.

Neasham revealed on Thursday Zaaki won’t be resuming as deliberate within the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick on March 4.

“Whereas bodily he’s very sound and wholesome, we really feel his current trial and gallops at residence haven’t been passable,” Neasham mentioned in a press launch to social media.

“He’ll head to the paddock for a brief clean up earlier than we determine what his subsequent choices are.”

Zaaki, winner of 4 Group 1 races and greater than $9.7 million to rank eighth on the listing of Australian racing’s main prizemoney earners, has had two barrier trials in current weeks then an exhibition gallop between races at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

Neasham admitted Zaaki’s current trial and observe gallop was lower than his typical requirements prompting the choice to clean up the eight-year-old.

“He’s been a star for the steady over the previous two seasons and his normal wellbeing is our highest precedence,” Neasham mentioned. “After trialling very properly at first of the preparation, we hope {that a} clean up will see him bounce again to his finest.”


Wendy Walter is a particular visitor of the Australian Turf Membership and can be a part of the presentation ceremony for the race named in her husband’s honour at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

The Group 2 $250,000 Man Walter Stakes (1400m) for fillies and mares was named after the good coach who tragically handed away from a coronary heart assault in 2014. He was solely 60.

The Warwick Farm-based coach ready many excellent racehorses however none higher than champion Tie The Knot, a four-time winner of the Chipping Norton Stakes (1999-2002) at this race assembly.

“I’m so appreciative of the membership (ATC) acknowledging Man yearly,” Wendy Walter mentioned. “However it’s a tough day for me as a result of I do get emotional at occasions.” It ought to come as no shock that Mrs Walter can be cheering for rank outsider Douceur within the Man Walter Stakes.

Douceur is raced by Sandy Tait, the proprietor of Tie The Knot, and jockey Brock Ryan can be sporting the well-known Tait household colors of purple with a white cap.

Man Walter educated the winners of practically 40 Group 1 races throughout his profession along with his final main from Streama within the 2014 Doomben Cup simply days earlier than the coach handed away.

Mrs Walter revealed she is a part-owner of unraced two-year-old filly Clea, a daughter of Streama, who was a powerful Hawkesbury barrier trial winner earlier this week.


Sydney racing has its first Group 1 assembly for the 12 months on a bumper day at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

The load-for-age Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) and Encompass Stakes (1400m) for three-year-old fillies are each value $600,000 and are the options of a program that additionally consists of two essential Golden Slipper lead-up races.

There are 9 particular person Group 1 winners within the Chipping Norton together with Godolphin famous person Anamoe, the $1.70 favorite.

The Encompass Stakes options 5 Group 1 winners together with In Secret (Coolmore Stud Stakes), Zougotcha (Flight Stakes), Madame Pommery (Thousand Guineas), Fireburn (Golden Slipper) and Sheeza Belter (JJ Atkins).

The Randwick race day begins a sequence of 9 consecutive Saturdays the place there’s a minimum of one Group 1 race in Sydney.

In complete, there are 22 Group 1 races by means of the Sydney autumn carnival together with 5 on Golden Slipper Day (March 18)


The Melbourne Cup trifecta from final 12 months and the 2019 winner and minor placegetter are racing at Sandown on Saturday.

Gold Journey, Australian Bloodstock’s Cup winner, resumes within the Group 2 $300,000 Peter Younger Stakes (1800m) the place his rivals embody Emissary, who ran second within the Cup final spring.

Excessive Emocean, the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained stayer who ran third to stablemate Gold Journey within the Melbourne Cup, resumes within the Listed $175,000 Victoria Gold Cup (2100m) towards Vow And Declare, winner of the 2019 Melbourne Cup.

Remarkably, Il Paradiso makes his comeback to racing within the Peter Younger Stakes – greater than three years since his third within the 2019 Cup.

Initially revealed as A number of Group 1 winner heads to paddock leaving his autumn marketing campaign up within the air

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