Talented French import Au Revoir has delivered OTI Racing an exceptional staying victory at Sandown Racecourse this afternoon; displaying a keen turn of foot to take out the featured Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m).
Jumping from the gates well, the Singspiel gelding immediately took up the pace and led past the post of the first time, setting a noticeably quick tempo passing the post the first time.
Joined by Rialya at the fore of the field over the back straight and rounding the final bend, Au Revoir appeared to have done too much, too early when Epingle charged up on the rails and found the lead with 300m to run, however kicked well to find the line a bob of the head in the clear; clear favourite Prince of Penzance running on for third.
Kerrin McEvoy delivered an exceptional ride on Au Revoir for victory in the Zipping Classic, and was quick to praise the efforts of the OTI Team in delivering the four-year-old in peak racing condition.
“It’s a real credit to be able to get this horse back from a Melbourne Cup a week and a half ago to running here and running in really good form,” McEvoy said after the 2014 Zipping Classic.
“He’s nice a fresh, he paraded well and he gave me a nice ride throughout.
“He got challenged halfway up the straight but he really laid his ears back at the 300 and was full of running hitting the line.”
2014 Zipping Classic Results
|1||5||AU REVOIR (IRE)||Andre Fabre||Kerrin McEvoy||–||7||59kg||$4.60|
|2||9||EPINGLE (NZ)||Michael Kent||James McDonald||0.2L||8||57kg||$11|
|3||4||PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ)||Darren Weir||Ms Michelle Payne||2.45L||3||59kg||$3.30F|
|4||6||SPILLWAY (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||3.45L||1||59kg||$6|
|5||1||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Steven Arnold||7.2L||2||59kg||$5|
|6||2||SEA MOON (GB)||Robert Hickmott||Nicholas Hall||9.45L||4||59kg||$15|
|7||7||RAWNAQ||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||12.7L||5||59kg||$21|
|8||3||RIALYA||Matt Laurie||Chad Schofield||13.45L||6||59kg||$151|