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Extra goes from Zero to 100
18 May 2017 | By Luke Sheehan - racing.com 
Extra Zero will grace the racetrack on Saturday for the 100th time, the 10-year-old adding an extra digit to a career ledger that has seen him continually compete at the top level.

If you could pick a horse to talk, you'd no doubt go for a champion, like Black Caviar or Winx. But there's every chance Extra Zero would spin a yarn just as good, if not better.

He, of course, raced against the great Black Caviar in the 2009 Danehill Stakes, beaten less than 3.5 lengths.

In his 100th start on Saturday, Extra Zero will clock up his 32nd jockey on his back in a race, as Jake Bayliss takes the ride for the first time. However, he's always had one home - the Lindsay Park stable headed by Hall of Fame trainer David Hayes.



David Hayes, picture Quentinjlang.com

Managing owner Mark Pilkington said the current ownership - which includes AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan - bought into the horse with the intention of winning a Darwin Cup. Instead, he very nearly won an Australian Cup.

And despite banking just one win on the flat since changing hands from breeders Bob and Jan Bergstrom, Extra Zero has earned more than $700,000 since the switch.

Pilkington reflected back on that Australian Cup run.

"A lot of the boys fancied him a little bit," Pilkington said.

"As a long-shot, Dave thought he'd run well, so they had a few sheckles on him.

"When they passed the post, everyone thought he'd won - including most of the jockeys involved as well.

"It was ultimately a huge thrill that he got there and ran so well."

WATCH: Extra Zero's Australian Cup run



Co-owner Kevin Saber, who works as an on-course bookmaker, told the story of their elation, and disappointment, of Australian Cup Day 2015.

"I was working that day on the rails at Flemington, and there were five other bookmakers in the horse that day, and four of the others were on the rails," Saber recounted.

"I happened to be working next to Mark Sampieri, and looking at him, I thought, 'He's got the money here'.

"We better put our jackets on, it was a warm day and hadn't had them on working.

"We headed off to the mounting yard, we got about halfway there by the time they announced he got beaten a nose [by Spillway].

"So we turned on our heels and walked back, because it wasn't as much fun going to the mounting yard running second.

"Very deflating, but exciting at the same time."

Extra Zero drew a bit of a crowd at Flemington on Thursday, too.

Even VRC chairman Amanda Elliott popped out for a sneak peak at the old boy, as he prepares for start number 100.

"He looks wonderful," Elliott beamed from the balcony overseeing the Flemington straight.

That he does.

The stats

Extra Zero - 99-6:22:10

Prizemoney - $1,655,540

Stakes record - 54-3:8:7

Sixteen of his 22 runner-up finishes were by 1.25 lengths or less.

His jockeys

Michael Walker x15

Chad Schofield x9

Craig Newitt x8

Craig Williams x7

Mark Zahra x6

Brad Rawiller x5

Steven Arnold x5

Glen Boss x4

Regan Bayliss x3

Steven Pateman x3

Beau Mertens x3

Matt Pumpa x2

James Winks x2

Hugh Bowman x2

Nicholas Hall x2

Stephen Baster x2

Damian Lane x2

Jason Maskiell x1

Corey Brown x1

Kerrin McEvoy x1

Michael Rodd x1

Glyn Schofield x1

Ashley Thompson x1

Dylan Dunn x1

Chris Parnham x1

Tom Ryan x1

Jack Martin x1

Jake Duffy x1

Georgina Cartwright x1

Andrew Mallyon x1

Luke Nolen x1

Jake Bayliss x1 (on Saturday)

His wins

Brad Rawiller - start number 2 - Listed Anzac Stakes (1410m) @ Flemington

Glen Boss - start number 11 - Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) @ Caulfield

Craig Williams - start number 27 - Open Handicap (1700m) @ Caulfield

Nash Rawiller - start number 35 - Listed Albury Cup (2000m) @ Albury

Michael Walker - start number 78 - Open Handicap (2000m) @ Flemington

Steven Pateman - start number 89 - Benchmark 120 Hurdle (3200m) @ Ballarat

His tracks

Flemington x37 (including Saturday)

Caulfield x22

Moonee Valley x12

Rosehill x5

Albury x4

Sandown Hillside x3

Morphettville x2

Ascot x2

Randwick x1

Kilmore x1

Wagga Wagga x1

Darwin x1

Benalla x1

Canberra x1

Kyneton x1

Cranbourne x1

Warrnambool x1

Ballarat x1

Pakenham x1

Bendigo x1

Wangaratta x1

His gear changes: 24 in total. On Saturday, he just has the blinkers on.

His family (half-siblings)

Johan's Toy - 26-4:3:6 - two-time stakes-winning mare who was thrice Group 1 placed, including a Doncaster runner-up finish in 2006.

Extraceed - 57-7:6:9 - won twice in Sydney as a 2YO, then three times in the NT after a change-up, and another two later in his career at Port Augusta.

Alcaraz - 11-3:0:0 - kicked off his career going 3/3 in provincial NSW company, but struggled to measure up in town.

Cane Champagne - 51-5:10:4 - five wins from 51 starts, and 14 minor placings, sounds like he's a relative to Extra Zero. However while one has made over $1.6m, this bloke pulled in just under $50,000!

Operetta Lass - 22-3:1:4 - dominant winner of the Group 3 Adrian Knox in 2006, the highlight of a career that saw her bank over $150,000.
 
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