ZAAKI FUELS TRIED HORSE GOALS
Last week’s dominant Group 2 Holindale Stakes winner Zaaki has provided inspiration for OnTrack to enter the European tried horse market later this year.
Zaaki was purchased by Newmarket based, Australian born Bloodstock Agent Stuart Boman.
A long term friend and colleague of Ontrack boss Grant Morgan, Stuart Boman works closely with the team at OnTrack, most recently co-hosting our last Royal Ascot tour which was last staged in 2019.
Working out of Newmarket in the UK, Boman has a detailed understanding of racing in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere’s.
Grant Morgan said the team at OnTrack was preparing to enter the European tried horse market, with the assistance of Stuart Boman.
“I think now is the time to target some European horses for Queensland. We have some outstanding trainers here now and the races to match,” said Morgan.
“We have three high value races here in the Winter run over the the middle distances which are amazing targets.
"The Gr 2 Q22 is worth $1.2m (2200m), the Gr 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) is worth $700k and the Gr 2 Holindale (1800m) is worth $700k.
"I can see the prizemoney and status of these races only growing in the coming years.
"They are aiming to get the Holindale to Group 1 level. I'd love to win a Group 1 in our own backyard.
“These races give horses a tremendous platform to head into the Spring and Autumn in Sydney and Melbourne.
“I think the model they are using for Zaaki is one I’d love to copy next year,” said Grant Morgan.
Zaaki was a 150,000 guineas purchase by Boman under the Blandford Bloodstock banner from Tattersall’s 2020 Autumn Horses in Training Sale.
He was purchased for British born trainer Annabel Nesham, and carries the colours of successful owner and breeder Carl Holt.
Zaaki’s Holindale victory represented one of the softest wins of the race which has a sparkling honour roll.
“I think you have to go back to a horse like in 1998 Might and Power to find a more dominant win,” said OnTrack’s Grant Morgan.
“Whilst his winning margin was only 2.3 len, he appeared to have a huge amount in hand and he travelled so strongly in running and through the line.
“The scary thing for his rivals are that he appears a horse better suited on firmer surface than he raced on last Saturday.
“If he gets a top of the ground surface, he looks to be the best of good things in the Doomben Cup at Group 1 level,” said Morgan.