After running one-two in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) last Saturday, Precedence and Sertorius are set to do battle again fighting for top spot in the Zipping Classic 2013 odds for this Saturday.
The James & Bart Cummings-trained Zabeel eight-year-old Precedence is currently installed as the narrow favourite in markets for the $350,000 Group 2 Deadly Design Zipping Classic (2400m) paying $3.50.
The veteran gallop, who also won the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) two back before being balloted out of the Melbourne Cup field for the first time in four years, shoots for their third spring win on the trot having been in flying form this prep.
While they’re on the short seven day back-up the bookies are taking no chances with Precedence who will jump from barrier four with Craig Williams in the saddle.
Bruce Elkington’s Galileo six-year-old Sertorius meanwhile is hot on Precedence’s heels in the Zipping Classic odds just 10 cents off them paying $3.60 to win from gate one with regular rider Ryan Maloney in the saddle again.
Having run top two in their past four starts, Sertorius won the Listed Bendigo Cup (2400m) on October 30 before their brave Group performance in the Queen Elizabeth last weekend when beaten a mere nose.
Maloney lodged a protest but was dismissed having to settle for second, something he hopes to atone this weekend in Round 2 against Cummings’ grand old galloper.
In an open market three other Zipping Classic horses are also at single figures, the next best in betting being the Gai Waterhouse-trained Queenstown ($4.80).
Like the two top fancies four-year-old Stratum mare Queenstown also ran on Emirates Stakes Day when runner-up behind Girl Gone Rockin’ in the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m).
Prior to that she won over 2050m at Moonee Valley under the lights on October 25 and how she handles the step up to a mile and a half here will be key.
The others under $10 are then Cup Day runner-up Midsummer Sun ($9) and the Gary Vile-trained Kiwi Ransomed ($9.50) drawn in gates two and six respectively.
Handsome Ransom six-year-old Ransomed makes their Australian race debut here, the recent Group 1 Spring Classic (2040m) winner has seen running sixth to Zennista over the 2000m at Ellerslie in a Group 3 on November 5 when held up for a run early.
Also in the mix at more generous odds are then the likes of Pins mare Epingle ($10) and the Anthony Freedman-trained Kazanluk ($14) who ran fourth and fifth respectively in last Saturday’s Matriarch stakes.
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