Zaaki headlines Northerly Stakes Field
Jockey James McDonald is set to return from Hong Kong to partner with Annabel Neasham trained Zaaki in the Group One Northerly Stakes at Ascot in Western Australia on Saturday.
Zaaki will line up against 15 other runners on Saturday with a capacity field of 16 nominated to run in the $1.5m 1800m contest in the West.
While McDonald returns from Hong Kong, the race will be the final Group One race for jockey Damien Oliver who is hanging up his saddle at the end of the year and heading for retirement.
Oliver is set to ride interstate entrant Zoumon with Forget You the only other interstate galloper with the rest of the field made up of local runners.
Northerly Stakes Final Field:
1 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham James McDonald 59kg
2 TRIX OF THE TRADE Colin Webster Troy Turner 59kg
3 ZOUMON Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Damien Oliver 59kg
4 MAROCCHINO Lou Luciani Jason Whiting 59kg
5 DOM TO SHOOT Sean & Jake Casey Jarrad Noske 59kg
6 FORGOT YOU (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Paul Harvey 59kg
7 CASINO SEVENTEEN Grant & Alana Williams Shaun McGruddy 59kg
8 MOJO RHYTHM Mitchell Pateman Ms Holly Watson 59kg
9 RIVER RUBICON Steve Wolfe 59kg
10 BUSTLER Neville Parnham Brad Parnham 58.5kg
11 ALSEPHINA Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 57kg
12 SEARCHIN' ROC'S Jim Taylor Jason Brown 57kg
13 THE VELVET QUEEN Darren McAuliffe Patrick Carbery 57kg
14 BE OPTIMISTIC Luke Fernie Clint Johnston-Porter 57kg
15 ZIPAWAY Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 52kg
16 A LOT OF GOOD MEN Trevor Andrews Chris Parnham 52kg