Zanjabeel attacked before the final fence and drew away in the Steeplechase at Callaway’s stretch to win Saturday’s $75,000 Aflac Supreme Hurdle by 2 1/2 lengths over Ice It.
The finish of the top two duplicated the Far Hills Races’ Foxbrook Champion Hurdle, in which Zanjabeel had won his first U.S. start by 4 3/4 lengths on Oct. 21. The British-bred four-year-old, now owned by Rosbrian Farm and Benjamin and Wendy Griswold, formerly raced for The Confidence Partnership.
Ross Geraghty rode Zanjabeel for trainer Ricky Hendriks.
Oakwood Stable’s Kensington Court, ninth in the Foxbrook, laid down the early pace with DASH Stable’s running second, while Zanjabeel kept the front-runner within range about 10 lengths back in the early going.
Zanjabeel kicked into gear approaching the final fence, overtook Ice It, and top aim at Kensington Court, ridden by Mark Watts. Kensington Court led over the last fence, but Zanjabeel rallied powerfully and swept to the lead and the victory.
Sean McDermott drove Ice It past a tiring Kensington Court and took the place spot. Kensington Court held on for third, 11 1/2 lengths behind Ice It. Lachares finished fourth in a field of seven novices, or horses in their first seasons of racing over fences.
Zanjabeel raised his U.S. earnings to $120,000 after completing the Aflac Supreme Hurdle’s 2 1/4 miles in 3:56.40 on turf rated as good at the Pine Mountain, Ga., course.