In a cracker 24-horse Melbourne field for the 150th running of the world’s richest handicap tomorrow, one of the oldest horses ready to line-up is in-form veteran Zipping, but can the Lloyd Williams-owned champion become the first nine-year-old in history to win the Melbourne Cup?
Prolific racehorse owner and enthusiast Lloyd Williams has two horses in the 2010 Melbourne Cup field tomorrow, Zipping and lightly-raced Linton.
With age and history against him, can Zipping win the 2010 Melbourne Cup at Flemington tomorrow?
Horse Facts – Zipping
- Jockey: Nicholas Hall
- Trainer: Robert Hickmott
- Owners: Lloyd Williams and Mrs S J Williams
- Age: 9YO
- Gender: Gelding
- Breeding: by Danehill (USA) from Social Scene (IRE)
- Career: 44-15-3-7
- Prize Money: $4,070,195
- Current Melbourne Cup Odds: $26 Luxbet
Why Zipping Can Win
- Is in career-best form having won the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) here two starts back and then ran a gallant second to So You Think in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m)
- Has beaten many 2010 Melbourne Cup rivals this spring including Shocking, Shoot Out, Monaco Consul and Descarado
- Genuine stayer that has won over 2500m
- One of the highest earners in the field having won over $4 million in prize money
- Dropping right back in weight from 59kg at his last three starts to a much more favourable 55.5kg
- Will be ridden by Nicholas Hall who has run in the past two Melbourne Cups
- Is a son of boom sire Danehill, the paternal grandsire of triple Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva and broodmare sire of last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Shocking
Why Zipping Can’t Win
- No nine-year-old in history has won a Melbourne Cup
- Finished fourth in the 2006 and 2007 Melbourne Cups, was ninth in 2008 and did not run last year so may not be able to get up again this year
- If Flemington track softens won’t be suited to ground rated worse than Slow
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