Just nine runners have been confirmed for Saturday’s featured Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Sandown Racecourse, offering punters great value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Having returned to racing in exceptional form this season, Prince Of Penzance has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in Zipping Classic betting markets and is currently available at a quote of $3.50 for success at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Claiming six wins and as many minor places from his 17 start career so far, Prince Of Penzance finished eighth in the Wedrive Plate (1400m) first-up on August 30th and steadily found his racing groove in finishing seventh amongst classy competition in the Spring Is The Season Handicap (1700m) on September 13th.
Running second to fellow Zipping Classic runner Count Of Limonade in the Moe Cup (2050m) on October 16th, the Pentire gelding charged home to secure an impressive victory in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) on October 25th before running second to Le Roi in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) last weekend.
While yet to experience much attention from punters and drifting from opening odds, Spillway has maintained status on the second line of Zipping Classic betting and can currently be taken at a generous quote of $4 for success.
Beginning his racing career abroad in Britain before transferring to the care of David Hayes at the beginning of the year, Spillway quickly stamped his claims as one to watch over a three race autumn preparation; finishing seventh in the Listed Golden Mile (1600m) and eighth in the Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) before charging home to win the Group 3 Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) by close to three lengths on April 26th.
Running an agonizingly-close second to Star Rolling in the Group 2 P.B Lawrence Stakes (1400m) first-up this time, the Rail Link entire ran a credible fourth in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) on September 13th, but was disappointing in each of the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m); finishing seventh and ninth respectively.
Having run an impressive fourth in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) last time out, Spillway is not assured of getting the trip in the Zipping Classic, however his form and class is sure to count for a lot and more than worth consideration for a bet.
Having opened at Zipping Classic odds of $6 for success, 2012 Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon has so-far received the greatest market share of attention from punters, who have instilled the Macedon Lodge runner as $4.80 third favourite and clear market mover.
Surprisingly yet to break through for another race win since taking out the Race That Stops a Nation, the Montjeu entire finished a close second to Fiorente in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) most notably over autumn this year, and appears primed for a return to the winner’s circle in the Zipping Classic.
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