The speedy Zoustyle remains undefeated with an all the way win in the $105,000 JRA 3yo Plate (1200m) at Doomben today but a start in the Stradbroke Handicap is yet to be confirmed.

Plague Stone, above, had to settle for second behind Zoustyle in the JRA Plate at Doomben. Photo by Steve Hart.

Plague Stone, above, had to settle for second behind Zoustyle in the JRA Plate at Doomben. Photo by Steve Hart.

Zoustyle is nominated for the Group 1 $1.5m Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 8 and has firmed again in the betting at Ladbrokes.com.au from $11 to be on the second line of betting at $8 behind Home Of The Brave and The Bostonian who share the top spot at $7.50.

Trainer Tony Gollan will not confirm a start in the Winter Carnival’s flagship race at this stage and will see as Zoustyle progress in the next couple of weeks.

“The preparation is probably not ideal now after we had to scratch the other day,” Gollan said.

“He is a really good and I can’t hide my admiration for him. I just want to see him come home in one piece and have a look at him tomorrow morning and hopefully he looks better than he is today and we can go on in the Carnival.”

“We put the horse first the whole way along. He is a horse that I have never had my hands on and we will make sure that we do everything right by him and he will come first and the rest will come second.”

“I knew he had come back a better horse with his jump outs and everything he has shown us at home.”

“It was so rewarding to see him do it on race day today. He even did something wrong today and was still as impressive as he could be.”

Brad Stewart let Zoustyle take control of the race shortly after the start and the Tony Gollan trained three year old went on the record his sixth win from six starts in stylish fashion.

Bookies took no chances with Zoustyle who was always very short in the betting and went to the post as the $1.60 favourite and gave his backers no worries in the run.

The James Cummings trained Plague Stone ($3) was tipped to test Zoustyle but he was no match for the front running speedster.

The Steven O’Dea trained Jami Lady ($41) chased home the first two to fill third place.


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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.