Class Prevails as Zougotcha dominates rivals in Phar Lap Stakes

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Punters just kept continuing to launch into Zougotcha ($1.50) for the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes and she justified the support with a dominant win over the 1500m.

Trainer Chris Waller elected to take the easier option for connections, scratching from the Classic earlier in the week, seemingly paying dividends on Saturday.

James McDonald expertly crafted his way to the one-one position throughout the 1500m contest with Glint Of Silver taking things up throughout.

was cast wide throughout the race, pulling her head most of the trip and never settling into a spot after being ridden more positively. Meanwhile, Brosnan was tracking her the whole way home providing a nice turn-of-foot for each-way punters finding third position.

It was all too easy for Zougotcha however, with the form from the Group 1 holding true in this company with another subsequent winner.

2023 Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes Replay – Zougotcha

With not at , Ben Casanelia is deputising for Wilde and he spoke post-race about their mare's victory in the .

“You're right Nigel, I think that's four from six second-up,” Casanelia replied when asked about 's impressive second-up record.

“We were probably a little disappointed with her first-up, as she trialled really good and she was probably slightly disappointing, but she was good late.

“Today with gate one, Ben (Melham) rode her well.

“We were a little but concerned with her record at Flemington, I think she was zip from six goes here, but today she's done that really easily.”

Ben Melham spoke post-race about the win on Sirileo Miss, which brought up a riding double for him on Super Saturday.

“It was a tough win, she's a good mare,” Melham said.

“Bloody hard ride though, she goes keen and really hits a flat spot, so you really gotta make her do it.

“I was able to control the speed and kick away in the straight.”

Melham also mentioned that he would be “putting the cue in the rack” and was making his way to the hospital to check on and after their fall in the fourth race of the day.

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