Spirit Of Boom Classic: Swiss Exile on its way to first win

Swiss Exile broke his virginity impressively in the Group 2 Spirit Of Boom Classic after being a defeated favorite at the final start.

Zaaki would become Annabel Neasham’s star attraction at Eagle Farm on Saturday, despite not even racing, but Swiss Exile stole the show and impressively broke his girl in the Group 2 Spirit Of Boom Classic.

The colt was a defeated favorite in a midweek race on the Sunshine Coast earlier this month, but it didn’t stop gamblers from rushing back to him. rest.

Shot out of the gates by Clipperton, the Swiss exile went to work and was able to stop a fast-finishing Exo Lady, despite consistently racing in top company.

“It wasn’t the plan to lead, but Annabel instructed me to be determined early and try to get a position early,” Clipperton said.

“He jumped really well, he took the lead in about the first four passes, so I showed intention so everyone knew.

“I could find a lovely rhythm up front, the horse really enjoyed it, he had pointy ears and I knew it was a long straight here at Eagle Farm and a long way home so I tried to keep him together as the best I could while still building his tour.”

Meanwhile, star horse Zaaki warmed up for his Doomben Cup defense by spinning around Eagle Farm with stable mate Sibaaq between races.

“At least we’ve got a decent job of galloping him today, we wanted to get him a little fresh for next Saturday,” said Todd Pollard, stable foreman for Annabel Neasham’s Gold Coast.

TAB has Zaaki the $1.50 favorite to defend the Doomben Cup crown he won last year when he beat his rivals by seven lengths.

With experience abroad, Clipperton compared Eagle Farm’s quick-drying surface to that of Sha Tin’s in Hong Kong.

Brisbane has been plagued by rain all week, which continued to fall on Saturday, but Clipperton said the track continued to race well.

“It’s a bit like Sha Tin, they’d have a typhoon there in Hong Kong in the morning and by the afternoon when the races start, you’re racing on a good surface,” he said.

It comes after Chris Waller’s companion horse Yonkers landed the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap earlier in the day.

“I think he started his journey for the team in Saratoga, it was bought for him when one of the owners got married,” Waller laughed.

“Then he was sold to Ireland to pay for the wedding.

“He ran against all the good Coolmore horses there with good third and fourth and then he came here.”

Waller shows his hand for Stradbroke

The Stradbroke Handicap is one of the few races that Chris Waller doesn’t have on his mantelpiece, but he may have found a horse this year to tackle it in the form of Ranch Hand, after a dominant win at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Ranch Hand raced in the famous Coolmore purple and white livery and enjoyed the 1,400m journey in the 3YO Plate under Tommy Berry to cement his reputation as a winter carnival contender.

After a delicate juggling act to avoid home office mate in the spring, Waller may have finally found pet distance for his foal.

“He’s quite the colt, but he’s had a checkered career because we’ve never really found his right distance,” said Waller.

“He was incredibly behind Home Office in the Coolmore in the Spring, we knew he couldn’t beat Home Office in the Fall, so we thought we’d try the (Australian) Guineas instead. miles and his form was good, but it was just a little too far.

“I think 1400m is his target, so maybe a Stradbroke, I’ll have a chat with the owners and see what they think, he has something to work with there.”

■ Star jockey Jamie Kah has bagged a winner in her first return to Eagle Farm since her amazing Kingsford-Smith Cup win over Vega One last year.

While she may not have seen much of it, Kah produced the John O’Shea-trained Diamil from nearly the latter to win the Registered Members Handicap (1600m) in the driving rain.

“I couldn’t see anything. Hopefully I rode it well because I didn’t know where I was going,” said Kah.

“He ran great. Earlier I was afraid I couldn’t keep up and I was up to him to keep in touch with the field, but he handled it great and I had to wait for the run to come and when it came he delivered.”

Originally published as Spirit Of Boom Classic: Swiss Exile On Its Way To First Win

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