Maldivian Bursts Into Caulfield Cup Contention

30 Sep 2007

Mark Kavanagh's ultra-consistent stable runner
Maldivian (NZ) (Zabeel x Shynzi by Danzig) burst into Caulfield Cup contention last Friday with an explosive win in the A$102,500 Listed Kevin Sheedy JRA Cup (2040m) at Moonee Valley.

Tactically ridden from the front by Michael Rodd, the
Zabeel (NZ) (Sir Tristram) five-year-old
 had the field off the bit turning for home and when given the rein, accelerated away to win by a dominant  four-and-a-half lengths.


Maldivian (NZ) burst into Caulfield Cup contention on Friday with an explosive win in the Listed Kevin Sheedy JRA Cup at Moonee Valley

 Photo: Perth Today

Spotting the leader an insurmountable 15 lengths, the pre-race favourite
Master O'Reilly (NZ) (O'Reilly x Without Remorse by Bakharoff) produced a solid first attempt at black-type, racing home to finish six lengths back in third.

With six wins and seven placings to his credit from 15 career starts,
Maldivian (NZ) now joins the Queensland Oaks winner
Eskimo Queen (NZ) (Shinko King) at the top of the table for Caulfield Cup betting.

Believing the horse to have improvement in him yet, Kavanagh will condition
Maldivian (NZ) for his Caulfield Cup assignment on October 20 with a start in the Gr.2 Winning Edge Presentations (2400m) at Caulfield seven days earlier.

Purchased for A$195,000 by Kavanagh,
Maldivian (NZ) has returned over A$300,000 in earnings for his owners, the Paksian Racing Syndicate.

Bred by Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan,
Maldivian (NZ) is by the unraced Danzig mare Shynzi, who produced her first foal since the Caulfield Cup contender at Dormello Stud recently, by way of a leggy
Duelled (AUS) (Redoute's Choice) colt.