Only eight runners have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s featured 2015 Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m); highlighted by two Melbourne Cup contestants and some of the Spring Carnival’s standout stayers.
Who Shot Thebarman was unable to run on in the Melbourne Cup but has reportedly taken plenty of benefit from the run over two miles and will be tough to beat in the Zipping Classic from barrier 5.
A Group 1 winner having taken out the 2014 edition of the Auckland Cup (3200m) in his native New Zealand, Who Shot Thebarman capped his impressive maiden Australian campaign third in the 2014 edition of the Melbourne Cup.
Returning this time for seventh in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m), Who Shot Thebarman progressed to fifth in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) before finishing mid-pack in both the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).
James McDonald will take the ride on the talented son of Yamanin Vital in the 2015 Zipping Classic.
Sertorius laid a great account for himself when twelfth as the race’s rank outsider in the Melbourne Cup and is reportedly in peak condition for success in the Zipping Classic.
Placed at Group 1 level several times through an impressive racing career, Sertorius returned this time for 10th in each of the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) before placing sixth in the Group 2 Hebert Power Stakes (2400m).
A trip to Sha Tin for the 2015 Hong Kong Cup (2000m) in December appears on the cards for talented mare Rising Romance, who has been confirmed to have her final Australian start in the Group 2 Zipping Classic.
Announcing herself to the Australian racing community when posting a resounding success in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) during the 2014 Autumn Carnival, Rising Romance continued to impress through spring of the same year for Donna Logan, highlighted by a close second in the Caulfield Cup.
Resuming this time for sixth in the Memsie Stakes, the Ekraar mare ran a close second in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) before failing to fire in either of the Turnbull Stakes or Caulfield Cup.
Returning to blistering form when a close second in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) a fortnight ago, Rising Romance has been charged with overcoming the outside barrier but will have no issue carrying 57kgs.
Darren Weir could very well saddle the 2015 Zipping Classic quinella after confirming both in-form stayer Dandino and talented import Tall Ship in the final field for the feature race.
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2015 Zipping Classic Final Field
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||624×008421||DANDINO (GB)||Darren Weir||Dwayne Dunn||4||59kg||106|
|2||5442×75870||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||James McDonald||5||59kg||109|
|3||8x21x00690||SERTORIUS||Jamie Edwards||Craig Newitt||7||59kg||101|
|4||81111×8848||TALL SHIP (IRE)||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||2||59kg||97|
|5||130×409803||DON DOREMO (NZ)||Robbie Laing||Mark Zahra||3||59kg||90|
|6||x122x62002||RISING ROMANCE (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damian Lane||8||57kg||109|
|7||6650×55503||KIRRAMOSA (NZ)||John Sargent||Kerrin McEvoy||6||57kg||102|
|8||2213x300x9||DO YOU REMEMBER (SAF)||Peter G Moody||Vlad Duric||1||57kg||95|