A talented field of just nine runners has been confirmed for Saturday’s featured Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Sandown Racecourse, highlighted by the inclusion of several of the country’s standout staying contenders.
With the confirmation 2013 Caulfield Cup champion and 2014 Cox Plate second Fawkner will not take to the track this weekend, talented pair Green Moon and Sea Moon remain in the hunt for Group level success for Macedon Lodge on Saturday having been confirmed in the Zipping Classic final field.
The winner of the 2012 edition of the Melbourne Cup, Green Moon (barrier 2) has surprisingly been unable to break through for another race win since, but has returned to racing in competitive form this year.
Finishing a credible fourth in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) first-up on February 22nd, the Montjeu entire ran a close second to Fiorente in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) on March 8th and returned to the paddock after finishing a seventh in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).
While yet to figure over three starts this time in, trainer Robert Hickmott has been thrilled with the form and class displayed by Green Moon over recent weeks and is confident of a return to the winner’s circle.
Claiming six wins and a further four minor places from his 18 competitive starts so far, Sea Moon (barrier 5) began his racing career under the guidance of leading British trainer Sir Michael Stoute before transferring to the care of Hickmott at the beginning of 2013.
Finishing second in the Listed Bart Cummings (2520m) and winning the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) only his way to a disappointing appearance in the Melbourne Cup in 2013, the Beat Hollow entire finished fifth in the Bart Cummings first-up this time, but was disappointing when failing to beat a single runner home in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) last time out.
Having reportedly taken well to work in the lead-up to the Zipping Classic, Sea Moon is more than capable of a return to the winner’s circle this weekend.
A standout for trainers David Hayes and Tom Dabernig early in the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, Spillway (barrier 1) has been confirmed for his final appearance this time in in the Group 2 Zipping Classic.
Quickly building to the task over three starts in his maiden Australian preparation through autumn, Spillway finished seventh in the Listed Golden Mile (1600m) and eighth in the Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) on April 5th before charging home to win the Group 3 Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) on April 26th.
Finishing a close second to Star Rolling in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) first-up on August 16th, the Rail Link entire ran fourth in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), but was disappointing when fading for seventh in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) and ninth in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m).
Returning to competitive form when fourth in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) last time out, Spillway is without doubt a leading contender for success in the 2014 Zipping Classic.
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2014 Zipping Classic Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||90x427x609||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Steven Arnold||2||59kg||110|
|2||00210x8x50||SEA MOON (GB)||Robert Hickmott||Nicholas Hall||5||59kg||104|
|4||142×878212||PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ)||Darren Weir||Ms Michelle Payne||4||59kg||104|
|5||14x426x438||AU REVOIR (IRE)||Andre Fabre||Kerrin McEvoy||8||59kg||103|
|6||x781x24794||SPILLWAY (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||1||59kg||103|
|7||x80630x517||RAWNAQ||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||6||59kg||81|
|8||21x67x0615||COUNT OF LIMONADE (IRE)||Mick Price||Glen Boss||3||59kg||98|
|9||631135×444||EPINGLE (NZ)||Michael Kent||James McDonald||9||57kg||102|