I’m sure plenty of the once a year punters – in particular, the women – will be on this one. Not only does she have a great name, but she is trained by Peter Moody, who is better known as the trainer of champion mare Black Caviar. Luckily for them, she’s a definite chance. She was the early favourite for the Cups last year, but her form tapered off during the spring.
She returned for a Brisbane winter campaign this year, where she recorded two seconds to Shez Sinsational and Mawingo in the Hollindale and the Doomben Cup respectively. She then found her best form with two big wins in the Eagle Farm Cup and the Brisbane Cup, the latter her most impressive victory to date. Her early spring form was disappointing in Sydney, where it was found she had a virus. But she found form with a third to Lamasery and Mourayan in the Hill Stakes, before a last start third to Dunaden and Alcopop in the Caulfield Stakes.
She was slightly hampered during the run, but what I loved was the fact she kept running through the line – she was three lengths in front of Dunaden a furlong past the post! She’s been to 2400m twice for a Brisbane Cup win and a Caulfield Cup third, and the Zabeel factor should assist her to stay 3200m. I think she’s quite underrated, and I do think an international would be half the price had they run like her in the Caulfield Cup. She’s shaping as one of the top local hopes, and she’s excellent value at her current quote. Go girl!
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Breeding: Zabeel x I’m In Heaven
Bred in: New Zealand
Trainer: Peter Moody
Jockey: Luke Nolen
Career Stats: 18:6-3-3
Last 5 Starts: 1×0933
Biggest Win: Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m), Morphettville, 26/3/2011
Sportsbet Fixed Odds (as at 7pm, Sunday November 4): $26