Annabel Neasham trained Zaaki cruised through a trial for Group and Listed runners at Warwick Farm on Monday as he continues on the road to Moonee Valley and a date with the Cox Plate in October.

Zaaki completes trial on Cox Plate trail

The exciting import did his best work late in the trial as he started the road towards a W.S. Cox Plate campaign.

Zaaki finished 5 lengths of eventual trial winner Private Eye, who caught the eye himself and is heading to a Golden Eagle campaign for the Joe Pride Stable. 

Jockey Raphael Marchelli had Zaaki two lengths off the back of the field on the turn before the Group 1 winner was allowed to let down in the straight, passing Wisdom Of Water and hitting the line strongly in the closing stages.

Trainer Neasham is still unsure of where to start Zaaki’s campaign after having an extended Winter Carnival which culminated in winning the Group 1 Group 1 Doomben Cup in Queensland. 

Private Eye won the trial under hands and heels in impressive fashion. After winning a second trial in a row, trainer Joe Pride will now navigate a starting point for the sprinter with the Group 3 Show Country Quality, a likely first step on the 21st August.

Private Eye currently sits as a $15 chance for the $7.5m Golden Eagle and was a last start winner of the Queensland Guineas in May.

Other notable trialists back at the track on Monday included Rosehill Guineas winner Mo’Unga who finished at the rear of a four horse trial over 1100m.

Zaaki currently remains favourite in Cox Plate betting at $4 ahead of last years spring superstar Verry Elleegant who sits on the second line of betting at $7. 

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