Precedence Heads 10-Horse Zipping Classic Field 2013

James & Bart Cummings’ Melbourne Cup hard luck story Precedence is looking for their second consolation win in as many weeks having been accepted to back up from their Emirates Stakes Day win in the 2013 Zipping Classic field this weekend.

Precedence

Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Precedence backs up in Saturday's Zipping Classic 2013. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The in-form Zabeel eight-year-old only just missed out on a start in the Melbourne Cup 2013, which would have been their fourth straight appearance in the ‘race that stops a nation’, when balloted out of the November 5 classic.

Precedence was on the cusp of a start after their Group 2 Drake International Cup (2500m) win at Moonee Valley before missing out due to the acceptances of Lexus winner Ruscello.

The veteran was however able to secure a $100,000 bonus on top of the first prize money for a tight Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) victory at Flemington last Saturday with Craig Williams, also aboard for their Moonee Valley victory, in the saddle.

Having come through that run well Cummings will press on with a short seven day back-up, Precedence the headline acceptor for the $350,000 Group 2 Deadly Design Zipping Classic (2400m) at Caulfield Racecourse this weekend.

They have drawn to perfection in the weight-for-age clash too with Williams staying on from barrier four.

The other top name Zipping Classic hope this year then has the rails run, Ryan Maloney to ride the Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington-trained Sertorius.

A six-year-old Galileo gelding, Sertorius has been making their mark around the Victorian cups’ scene including their Listed Bendigo Cup (2400m) win two back.

They also ran in the Queen Elizabeth last weekend when a nose away second to Precedence, connections hoping they can turn the tables in round two on Saturday.

Other horses coming off a nice lead-up run include the Sam Kavanagh-trained Cup Day Plate runner-up Midsummer Sun and Startum mare Queenstown.

Prepared by this year’s Melbourne Cup winning trainer Gai Waterhouse, four-year-old Queenstown has been in ace form in both Sydney and Melbourne this prep.

After a Moonee Valley win in October she backed up in the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) last Saturday and came within a whisker of Girl Gone Rockin’.

Also in the mix are the likes of Jim Smith’s Adelaide raider What’s In A Name (barrier three) and the Peter Moody-trained Miss Zenella (barrier five) looking for a form return here.

The Zabeel mare was second in the Queensland Oaks during the winter but has been well beaten in their three runs in Melbourne this time in including their distant 11th in the Matriarch.

Check out the complete Zipping Classic 2013 field, barriers and jockeys below.

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2013 Zipping Classic Final Field & Barrier Draw

Caulfield Race 6 – 3:30pm (AEST) – 16/11/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 68519×0211 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart & James Cummings Craig Williams 4 59kg 109
2 17x2x62212 SERTORIUS Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington Ryan Maloney 1 59kg 103
3 07822×9016 RANSOMED (NZ) Gary Vile Craig Newitt 6 59kg 105
4 55x1100x72 MIDSUMMER SUN (GB) Sam Kavanagh Damien Oliver 2 59kg 95
5 17×77112 WHAT’S IN A NAME Jim Smith Dwayne Dunn 3 58kg 70
6 x36242x044 EPINGLE (NZ) Michael Kent Brad Rawiller 7 57kg 91
7 4x22x52949 DETOX Jake Stephens 9 57kg 84
8 21821×2212 QUEENSTOWN Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 8 56kg 93
9 524696×685 KAZANLUK Anthony Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 10 56kg 83
10 21x312x800 MISS ZENELLA (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 5 56kg 84

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