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Last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Americain, who ran a brave fourth to the fellow French-trained stayer Dunaden when defending their title in the famous Flemington feature last Tuesday, is set to have one more race for the season with connections confirming them for the 2011 Zipping Classic Saturday week.
After the four elite Melbourne Cup Carnival racedays conclude with Emirates Stakes Day this Saturday, the last of the spring features will play out at Sandown Racecourse, the most notable of which is the $350,000 Zipping Classic (2400m).
Set to run at Sandown on Saturday November 12, the race was formerly known as the Sandown Classic was renamed for the 2011 running in honour of four-time winner, the now-retired Zipping.
The Sandown Classic, although a far cry from the iconic Melbourne Cup, is always a nice end-of-season staying race for horses that either missed out on a Cup bid or are winding down having run in the ‘race that stops a nation’, as is the case with the Alain de Royer Dupre-trained Americain.
“This is Alain’s suggestion that he run at Sandown and we are very happy with it,” Part-owner Colleen Bamford said.
For his unprecedented fourth straight Sandown Classic success 12 months ago the ever popular Zipping came off a fourth to Americain in the Melbourne Cup.
This year it is a case of Americain coming off a Melbourne Cup fourth to attempt a Sandown Classic victory, a notable form line that punters will find interesting.
On Wednesday Americain’s Australian-based owners also confirmed that the hulking champ would be racing on in Australia for both the Sydney and Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnivals.
In between the Zipping Classic and the autumn Americain will also be sent off to Hong Kong to contest the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin in December where he will face off against this year’s devastatingly close Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux.
The 2012 Zipping Classic is one of nine races, eight of which hold Listed or Group status, running at Betfair Park Sandown Hillside Saturday week.
The other major highlight of the day will be the $350,000 Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) that was won by the Chris Waller-trained Pressday last year.
Nominations for the day’s races close on Monday November 7 with the Zipping Classic field of acceptances to be released on Wednesday the 9th.
While the Zipping Classic is now shaping up as great race for the punters to recoup on any Melbourne Cup losses, there are also some great races to have a punt on this weekend for Emirates Stakes Day.
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