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Autumn Super Draft Comp Round 11 - Sat May 22


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ROUND 11 Draw - Sat May 22

Meetings will be Awapuni, Te Rapa & Doomben

Ray vs Roland looks like the Match of the Day - two of the top 4 in the Magnificent Seven face off. First jumps races for the comp kick off Te Rapa this week. Heart in the mouth stuff......

Races are:

1. Te Rapa R2 - 12.13pm - Fairview Motors Waikato Hurdle (PJR) - $50k, 3200m, open hdl

2. Te Rapa R5 - 1.53pm - Signature Homes Waikato Steeplechase (PJR) - $50k, 3900m, open stpl

3. Te Rapa R6 - 2.28pm - BCD Group 2100 - $27k, 2100m, R74 BM

4. Te Rapa R7 - 3.03pm - Skycity Hamilton Mile - $22k, 1600m, R65 BM

5. Awapuni R6 - 3.28pm - James Bull Holdings Rangitikei Gold Cup (LR) - $50k, 1600m, open hdcp

6. Doomben R5 - 3.58pm - Magic Millions Pam O'Neill Stks (Gr3) - $150k, 1600m, fillies/mares SW+Ps

7. Doomben R6 - 4.38pm - XXXX Chief De Beers (LR) - $125k, 1110m, qlty hdcp

8. Doomben R7 - 5.18pm - Channel 7 Doomben Cup (Gr1) - $700k, 2000m, WFA

9. Doomben R8 - 5.58pm - TAB BRC Sprint (Gr3) - $175k, 1350m, qlty hdcp

10. Doomben R9 - 6.34pm - ANZ Bloodstock News The Roses (Gr2) - $250k, 2000m, 3yo fillies SWs


ESCAPISTS (3rd) vs ARDERN UP (4th)

PJ (4/4-2139.40/1512.60) v Stevie N (5/3-2296.20/1469.80)

Jen (2/6-1387.20/1181.20) v Ziggy (3/5-1606.40/1996.80)

Rex (5/3-2690.40/1404.60) v Ian (2/6-1842.80/2042.20)

Jack (2/6-1874.20/1968.00) v Zac (3/5-1582.00/1622.00)

Roland (6/2-2834.80/953.80) v Ray (7/1-2561.40/1811.60)


SHOWTIME (7th) vs SEAGULLS (2nd)

Gordy (5/4-1451.00/1536.80) v Hesi (4/5-2442.20/2407.60)

Gary (5/4-2399.80/1651.40) v Steve P (5/4-1465.40/2061.00)

Porky (2/7-1790.00/1671.60) v Pete (7/2-2373.80/1471.00)

Heather (3/6-1522.40/1925.40) v Maurice (6/3-2528.20/1709.60)

Maria (3/6-1501.40/1603.00) v Sharne (7/2-2148.60/1364.80)


RAMONES (6th) vs MAXIS (5th) 

Dino (3/5-1914.60/1913.60) v Rob (6/3-2136.60/1124.60)

Richie (2/6-1735.80/2102.20) v Graeme (2/7-1752.60/2567.60)

Jason (1/1-1058.60/477.00) v Pam (3/6-1859.20/1934.80)

Rees (4/4-1348.20/1204.80) v Blind Squirrel (3/6-2175.00/2029.00)

Gee (2/6-1209.60/2175.40) v Max (5/4-1509.20/1465.20)



Punter Pete (3/6-1403.40/2069.20)

Howie (6/3-2151.20/1681.20)

Geoff (8/1-2294.40/1380.60)

Craig (4/5-2208.00/2103.60)

Tom (7/2-2856.80/1017.40)



2856.80 Tom (Barellan)

2834.80 Roland (Escapists)

2690.40 Rex (Escapists)

2561.40 Ray (Ardern Up)

2528.20 Maurice (Seagulls)

2442.20 Hesi (Seagulls)

2399.80 Gary (Showtime)


THE SERENDIPITOUS SIX (those with the least $$ scored against them)

Sharne (7/2-1364.80) (Seagulls)

Rees (4/4-1204.80) (Ramones)

Jen (2/6-1181.20) (Escapists)

Rob (6/3-1124.60) (Maxis)

Tom (7/2-1017.40) (Barellan)

Roland (6/2-953.80) (Escapists)


THE UNFORTUNATE FIVE (those with the most $$ scored against them)

Richie (2/6-2102.20) (Ramones)

Craig (4/5-2103.60) (Barellan)

Gee (2/6-2175.40) (Ramones)

Hesi (4/5-2407.60) (Seagulls)

Graeme (2/7-2567.60) (Maxis)


Table after Round 10

1st 29 Barellan* $10,971.20 

2nd 22 Seagulls $10,957.00

3rd 19 Escapists $11,014.00

4th 16 Ardern Up $9888.80 

5th 15 Maxis $9431.80

6th 14 Ramones $8593.60

7th 10 Showtime $8664.60

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Comp Race 8 news

Imported Zaaki Firm Doomben Cup Favourite

Thursday, 20th May 2021

Following his win in the Gr2 Hollindale Stakes at the Gold Coast, Zaaki (Leroidesanimaux-Kesara, by Sadler's Wells) has been punted into the $3 favourite for Saturday's Gr1 Doomben Cup, reports racingqueensland.com.au. "He's not your usual European-type horse and is much like Australian horses," trainer Annabel Neasham said. "When I bought him in England, I was told he was better on dry tracks. I was a little nervous before the Hollindale on a soft surface but it was a soft win and going to 2000 metres will suit him." Hollindale Stakes winners have a terrific record in the Doomben Cup, with 10 wins from 29 starters. Zaaki has had only the three runs in Australia, running sixth in the Gr1 Doncaster Handicap, then second in the Gr3 Japan Racing Association Plate over 2000m behind Paths of Glory (Mastercraftsman-Pacific Rim, by Singspiel), before his last start victory in the Gr2 Hollindale Stakes over 1800m. His sire Leroidesanimaux (Candy Stripes-Dissemble, by Ahonoora) is best known in Australia for his Group 1-winning son Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux-Dalicia, by Acatenango), who has sired 13 stakes winners including Group 1 winners Angel of Truth (Animal Kingdom-Scarletini, by Bernardini) and Oleksandra (Animal Kingdom-Alexandra Rose, by Caesour). Should Zaaki prevail on Saturday, against a field that includes current Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet (Camelot) and Cox Plate fourth Mugatoo (Henrythenavigator) – subsequent winner of the $5 million All Star Mile, he will likely find himself close to being 2021's Cox Plate favourite.

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Searching for a Bargain in The Roses

Thursday, 20th May 2021

The Gr2 The Roses (2000m), a traditional lead up to the Gr1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) on June 5, has attracted a capacity field of 16 plus two emergencies, and while plenty of the field have had their last start in the sunshine state, the Mark Newnham-trained Bargain (Ocean Park-Shopaholic, by Pins) was last seen on race day when finishing third behind Hungry Heart (Frankel) and Duais (Shamus Award) in the Gr1 ATC Oaks (2400m) at Randwick on April 17. Since finishing second in a Randwick barrier  trial over 1200m, the Waikato Stud-bred and raced filly is a winner of two of 11 starts, but does also have form behind Chris Waller's Easifar (Pride Of Dubai-Storm Fronts, by Hurricane Sky), a winner of the Listed Princess Stakes two starts back at Doomben before finishing fifth in the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m). In front of her (filling the trifecta) were stablemates Grace And Harmony (Sebring-Champagne Harmony, by Choisir), Signora Nera (Sweymesse-Madonna Mia, by Red Clubs) and Only Words (Sweynesse-Jungle Pago, by Darci Brahma), with all of them set to meet again on Saturday. Of the 16 runners, Waller has accepted with six; having most recently tasted success in the race three years back with Youngstar (High Chaparral) who claimed the Gr1 Queensland Oaks at her next start, the stable clearly knows what it takes to win.


 Freedmans have designs on Roses success

The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Designs (Vancouver) is first emergency for ANZ Bloodstock News-sponsored The Roses (Gr 2, 2000m) at Doomben on Saturday and should a spot not open up for the three-year-old she will contest the opening handicap on the card over 2000 metres. "She's obviously got to get a run and it's a step up in class for her, but we think, as she's getting out in trip, she should start to get stronger and stronger," said Sam Freedman to Racing.com, who trains in partnership with father Anthony. "She'll be suited out to the 2000 metres and hopefully if she can switch off early and relax, she'll run a big race. These fillies need black type on their (breeding) page so that's more the significant factor than the prize-money," Freedman explained

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Comp Race 9 news

Groundswell back in Group company

Groundswell (Fastnet Rock), also trained by the Freedman team, will contest Saturday’s BRC Sprint (Gr 3, 1350m) at Doomben, marking a return to Group company for the first time in more than 12 months following his last-time-out Listed success at Morphettville on April 24. A brother to dual Group 1 winner Shoals, the four-year-old has five wins from 16 starts. "He's probably going to improve off this run into his next run, but he deserves a crack at this grade," Freedman told Racing.com. "He's got to go up a notch and we think he can. He's probably in the best form of his career and definitely on an upward spiral."

Fender aims to overcome BRC Sprint barrier

Brett Cavanough still has high hopes of Fender (Toronado) making the cut for the Stradbroke Handicap despite a poor draw in 14 for the BRC Sprint. Fender defeated local hope Garibaldi at Eagle Farm on May 1, and a win in the Group 3 feature would give him exemption from the ballot and ensure him a start in the Group 1 at Eagle Farm on June 12. “I’m not worried by the draw as he’ll come into 12,” Cavanough told Racing Queensland. “He sat three deep to win last start and he’s not a one-trick pony. He’s very adaptable and if this was a Group 1 race you’d be running.” Cavanough is based at Scone in the Hunter Valley and left his stable by float early Thursday morning for the eight-hour trip. “He’s been to Brisbane twice and I’ve travelled him up and back each time,” he continued. “I could easily have kept him up there but I’m happy with the track he gets to work on down here.”

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King Hard to Beat in Chief De Beers

Having not started since his fifth, beaten under two lengths, in the Listed Magic Millions Sprint (1200m) in January at the Gold Coast, the Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained King Of Hastings (Ilovethiscity-Handcut, by Danerich) has been readied for his first up run in Saturday’s Listed Chief De Beers (1100m) with handy barrier trial efforts and Toowoomba and Doomben on the first weeks of May. Finishing in the top two on three occasions from four first-up runs, King Of Hastings is currently equal second favourite in the race with the James Cummings-trained Varda (Lonhro-Wild Queen, by Loup Savage), both sitting just behind the Tony Gollan-trained Sugar Boom (Spirit of Boom-Acupuncture, by Pins), a last start second behind Usmanov (Choisir) over 900m in the Bat Out Of Hell at the Gold Coast. Unfortunately drawing wide, the Damian Lane-ridden King Of Hastings is likely to go back, and with a few noted speed horses in the field, it should give the 4YO an opportunity to settle where comfortable and produce a quality run late. Another who is likely to appreciate a good tempo up front in order to be able to charge home late is the Kris Lees-trained Zaniah (Zoustar-Listen Here, by Elusive Quality), the three-quarter sister to Group 1 producing sires Deep Field (Northern Meteor) and Shooting To Win (Deep Field).

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