Zaaki draws barrier 1 for the Canterbury Stakes

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Canterbury Stakes Nominations

The Annabel Neasham-trained Zaaki has drawn barrier 1 for Saturday’s Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Royal Randwick.

A final field of 10 has been declared for Saturday’s Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.

Zaaki, who headlines the strong field, drew barrier 1 as the seven-year-old gelding returns from a few months off following his impressive last preparation, which included victories in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes and the G1 Mackinnon.

The stable of Richard and Michael Freedman are flying at the moment and their four-year-old mare Forbidden Love, will be aiming to add to her strong victory in the Group 2 Guy Walter last weekend from barrier 8 with Hugh Bowman in the saddle.

Of the other serious contenders, Lighthouse drew barrier 3 for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, Private Eye will jump from barrier 7 and Laws Of Indices will start from barrier 5.

2022 Canterbury Stakes Nominations

1 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham James McDonald 1 59kg
2 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Jason Collett 2 59kg
3 PRIVATE EYE Joseph Pride Regan Bayliss 7 59kg
4 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Chad Schofield 6 59kg
5 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Glyn Schofield 4 59kg
6 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 10 59kg
7 DICE ROLL (FR) Nick Ryan Rhys McLeod 9 59kg
8 LAWS OF INDICES (IRE) Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 5 58.5kg
9 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Hugh Bowman 8 57kg
10 LIGHTHOUSE (USA) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 3 57kg