Huetor Upsets Zaaki in Doomben Cup

Mark Smith - Saturday May 28

No surprise that an import captured Saturday’s $1,000,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2100m) at Eagle Farm, but it was a surprise it was not the defending champion Zaaki (GB).

Not a bad race to open stakes account (image Grant Courtney)

In a memorable forty minutes for Peter and Paul Snowden, the progressive Archipenko gelding Huetor (FR) was aided by a rails hugging ride by Kerrim McEvoy to put paid to Zaaki (GB) at the 200m  before holding the fast-finishing Galileo entire Maximal (GB) by a long-neck.

Zaaki (GB) was a further one and a quarter lengths back in third.

 A winner of two of his eight starts in France, Huetor (FR) has been a model of consistency in his adopted homeland with four wins from six starts.

“He’s been working up to a performance like this today,” Paul Snowden said.

“He takes a little bit of racing to get him there. This preparation has been at a very high level whereas last prep, he came through his grades and just picked them off one by one.

“He’s won four races like this. They all leave the fence, and he comes up the fence. It was pretty to watch.

“These city (Sydney) horses coming up here, they don’t know what they are on because they’ve been trudging through the mud the last three months. They are relishing the conditions today, that’s for sure.”

“Full credit to Will Johnson and Colum McCullagh, our Racing Manager. They do a great job. They sourced him out as they do all of our European horses. Full credit goes to them.

“He will have his next start in the Q22”

Bred by Sarl Darpat France, Huetor (FR) is a half-brother to the 2019 Group 1 Longchamp Prix de l'Opera winner Villa Marina (Le Havre).

They are two of the six winners from ten to race out of the stakes-winning Peintre Celebre mare Briviesca.

The Group 1 HK Queen Elizabeth II Cup winner Archipenko (Kingmambo), died at Lanwades Stud in 2017 at the age of 13.  



Race Result - XXXX Doomben Cup Gr1 2100m

Eagle Farm Track: Good(4) Time: 2:09.79
T: P & P Snowden J: K Mc Evoy 59
5g Archipenko (USA) x Briviesca (GB) (Peintre Celebre (USA))
T: J A O'Shea J: N Rawiller 59
4h Galileo (IRE) x Joyeuse (GB) (Oasis Dream (GB))
T: Annabel Neasham J: J B Mc Donald 59
7g Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) x Kesara (GB) (Sadler's Wells (USA))
Great House
T: C J Waller J: W Pike 59
5g Galileo (IRE) x Anja (IRE) (Indian Ridge (IRE))
The Chosen One
T: Andrew Forsman J: O P Bosson 59
6h Savabeel (AUS) x The Glitzy One (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
Esti Feny
T: Matthew Smith J: Ryan Maloney 59
7g Pigeon Catcher (IRE) x Ejtihaad (IRE) (Nayef (USA))
T: C J Waller J: J Bowman 59
6g Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Anne Of Kiev (IRE) (Oasis Dream (GB))
Polly Grey
T: C J Waller J: Tim Clark 57
7m Azamour (IRE) x Allanah (NZ) (Zenno Rob Roy (JPN))
Coventina Bay
T: R J Patterson J: S T Collett 57
6m Shamexpress (NZ) x Coventina (NZ) (High Chaparral (IRE))
T: C J Waller J: James Orman 59
4g Night Of Thunder (IRE) x Portrait Of A Lady (USA) (A.P. Indy (USA))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $130,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: Mulcaster Bloodstock
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