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Flemington All Star Mile

March 19th, 2022 2 comments

It’s all Zaaki!

Down the back the horse is asleep in its stall being taped up. Asleep, oh, how I love that. In the parade ring it is a cross-over noseband and supreme fitness. In the mounting yard it is head down with an arched neck (no photo), salivating, and two strappers. Pity about the odds, but I managed to get $1.50 the place. I didn’t even get to see the main dangers – Inspirational Girl, out on the track early but a known miscreant, and I’m Thunderstruck, out late. Zaaki does it at both ends, and brains them.

It’s all Zaaki!

2 Responses to “ Flemington All Star Mile ”

  1. Trevor says:

    Dear Geoffrey

    The last time I saw Zaaki in the flesh was at Ascot (England) running in the Summer Mile Stakes (Grade 2) on 13th July 2019, when he was beaten a nose by Beat The Bank. I opted for Suedois (an eight-year old gelding) that day who finished third. So its good to see that Zaaki is still performing so well at the age of seven. The prize money looks much better in Australia than in the UK, the winner of the Summer Mile received £80,000.

    Two horses you mentioned were either out onto the track early or arrived late. Is this sufficient grounds to cross them off as contenders? Did you manage to see all the other horses?

    One area where I still struggle with is when there is a standout horse (clearly superior) but there remain some other horses that I haven’t managed to cross-off (some positive aspects but nothing of great merit). Is a head down arched neck horse sufficient in its own right to make the horse the selection, assuming there is nothing comparable amongst the other horses.

    Kind regards


  2. Geoffrey says:

    Not seeing them is obviously not sufficient grounds but I was so taken by Zaaki it was worth the risk. And the answer is yes!

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