Zaaki wins back-to-back Tramway Stakes

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Zaaki once again proved he is one of the best thoroughbreds in Australia, leading all of the way to win the Group 2 (1400m) at for the second consecutive year.

The -trained eight-year-old was resuming after his shock Cup in May, but after two positive trials, the short-priced favourite was ready to fire first-up over 1400m.

On a path, the son of Leroidesanimaux is now likely to head to the in a fortnight over a mile, but Neasham is going to monitor him after what was a taxing run on a Heavy 10 surface.

“The didn't look too bad, we had him in the Feehan (Stakes in Melbourne) just in case,” Neasham said.

“He had to start somewhere and I said to James (McDonald), just look after him and the way the race slightly fell away in terms of numbers, it probably took a bit of pressure out of the race.

“I'd like to run him in the George Main but that's a tough run first-up on that track so we'll see how he comes through and work it out next week.”

Taking bad luck out of the from the point of the barriers opening was the tactical genius of champion hoop , who controlled the race from the outset.

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Despite not being completely comfortable in the wet conditions, McDonald said the horse did it pretty comfortably in the end.

“He had to use all of his ability today to get through that track,” he said.

“Obviously the rail has helped him. He has done a really good job at the furlong to kick away with some really good horses chasing him.

“He was idling a fair way from home – he can do that when he is out in front – he switches off but he is a horse that finds under pressure but I couldn't say that was his favourite ground.”

Zaaki remains on the second line of betting for , but he has firmed into $4 with online bookmakers.

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