Extra Zero has reportedly taken huge benefit from his run in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on December 5th and remains on track to target the 2016 Perth Cup (2400m) at Ascot Racecourse on January 2nd.
Extra Zero has been a strong and consistent performer for David Hayes since first appearing on course competitively in 2009; posting five wins and a further 26 minors through a total of 81 career starts so far.
Jumping from the gates well in the Kingston Town Classic, the Danzero gelding was unlucky to be hampered and forced towards the tail of the field of 16; working well and recovering but unable to make up the distance late when eventually finishing seventh.
Travelling foreman for Hayes and co-trainer Tom Dabernig, Ryan Moore told The West Australian the horse has continued to improve since arriving in Perth and is confident a good run in Saturday’s 2015 CB Cox Stakes will warrant a berth in the 2016 Perth Cup.
“If Extra Zero was to run well on Saturday the connections will consider the Perth Cup,” Moore said.
“He’s run second in an Australian Cup and performed well at the top level. He would deserve whatever weight he gets.
“He’s always been a battler in the wet and all things being equal, it wasn’t a bad run,” Moore said.
“Since then he’s been enjoying the weather over there and his work is good. His record over 2000 is very good and the 2100 is an ideal distance.”
Extra Zero contested a long and busy 13 race preparation through spring, summer and into this year’s Autumn Carnival and posted a number of outstanding results; finishing outside the first three only twice.
Unlucky to be blocked late when seventh in a Caulfield minor over 1800m on February 14th, Extra Zero made a competitive return to black type level when second in the Listed Mornington Prelude (2000m) before producing a career-best performance to finish an agonizingly-close second to stable mate Spillway in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) most notably.
Returning this time for second in a Flemington minor over 1400m, Extra Zero placed fifth in each of the Listed Heatherlie Stakes (1700m) and Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m), as well as seventh in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) most notably leading into the Kingston Town Classic.
Extra Zero is currently rated a $15 chance for success in early 2015 Perth Cup betting markets with Ladbrokes.com.au.