The six-year-old was bred in the northern hemisphere and did his early racing in England, winning twice at Group 3 level before making his Australian debut when sixth in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick in April.
He was then runner-up in the Group 3 JRA Plate over 2000 metres before heading to Queensland.
Neasham believes Zaaki has blossomed in the warmer Queensland climate and has mostly taken him to the beach for exercise since his record-breaking Doomben Cup victory.
“To win the Doomben Cup by that margin was unbelievable,” Neasham said.
“He just bowled along at a nice tempo and had the others off the bridle a long way out.
“He had a week at Bill Healey’s property after the Doomben Cup and went to the beach nearly every day.
“He’s a very sound horse and he’s adapted so well here after racing in the northern hemisphere.
“He was no slouch in Europe but he’s improved in the climate here.
“The Cox Plate is his target but he’ll only have three weeks off after this campaign as European horses are not used to long spells.”