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Kah reflects on missed opportunities after Mile win on Zaaki

Kah said she didn’t make it too complicated on one of Australia’s best weight-for-age horses, after having no luck last start in the Blamey Stakes.

“It’s pretty simple when you ride a horse like him, you’ve just got to get him into his rhythm, and he’s just an absolute machine when you let him do his thing,” she said.

“I felt that on the turn, but sometimes those horses don’t sustain that, and he’s just the opposite. He’s a superstar, he just gets stronger and stronger.”

Zaaki And Jamie Kah Blitz Were Ahead From Start To Finish.

Zaaki and Jamie Kah blitz were ahead from start to finish. Credit:Racing Photos

Trainer Annabel Neasham said the race should have been a lot easier to watch.

“I don’t know why I was worried at the top of the straight, I needn’t be,” Neasham said post-race.

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“He’s just unbelievable. I get very nervous when he’s running, it just feels like relief but elation as well.”

The race also provided a windfall, worth $250,000, to one lucky owner-ambassador who was allocated Zaaki pre-race.

Nicholas Boweska said the winning feeling was surreal.

“Everybody’s been asking me all day if I’m excited, and now I am because it’s real,” he said.

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“My thought process got me as far as topping up my TAB account. I entered because of my partner, Katrina. She’s the one who suggested for me to enter. It was an unexpected phone call, it’s unbelievable. It feels unreal.”

Neasham said the target going forward for Zaaki would be next month’s 2000-metre Queen Elizabeth, where he’s likely to meet Anamoe following the three-year-old colt’s win in Saturday’s Rosehill Guineas.

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“We’ll enjoy this for now, but certainly the Queen Elizabeth will be the target, and if we don’t get James [McDonald] at least we’ve found another pilot that gets on with him well,” Neasham said of Kah. “She’s a star.”

McNeil described I’m Thunderstruck’s performance as terrific. He will progress to the Doncaster Mile next month in Sydney.

“They probably just backed it off too much in the middle stages, and it made it too tough for him to win,” McNeil said.

Mr Brightside ran fourth after getting anxious in the barriers and being slow away, while Cascadian wound up late to grab fifth.

Michael Dee (Pinstriped) and Luke Nolen (Lightsaber) said their three-year-old horses would need a break after backing up from the Australian Guineas a fortnight ago.

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