Zed Em reigns at Oakbank

Zed Em continued his reign as the heavyweight champion of Oakbank with a dominant win in Saturday's Great Eastern Steeplechase (4950m).

It was the Patrick Payne-trained galloper's second-consecutive win in the marathon feature and it came a fortnight after he secured a third-straight Von Doussa Steeplechase (3250m) at the unique Adelaide Hills track.

As he's done in four of the gelding's five Oakbank wins, star jockey Steven Pateman did the steering and never looked under pressure, settling the eight-year-old on the speed before extending over the final 800 metres for a four-length victory over fellow kiwi-bred Spying On You.

For Pateman, it was a record sixth win in the race and he said he was delighted to achieve the feat aboard a horse that's stamped himself as one of the toughest jumpers in the history of the sport. -racing.com


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