One of the two Group 2 features running in Melbourne this weekend is the 2013 Zipping Classic, betting tips and exotic selections for which are detailed below.
With Sandown Guineas Day running at Caulfield Racecourse this year, one of the day’s features will be the $350,000 Group 2 Deadly Design Zipping Classic (2400m) running as Race 6 at 3:30pm (AEST).
This year’s Zipping Classic field features 10 gallopers, the early market mover and narrow favourite of which is the James & Bart Cummings-trained Precedence.
True to their pedigree the Zabeel eight-year-old is getting better with age and has won their past two on the trot.
Two back they enjoyed a win in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) before a consolation victory, with a $100,000 bonus, in last Saturday’s Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2500m) at Flemington after they were balloted out of the Melbourne Cup.
Now the in-form veteran is back for another win, this time jumping from gate four with Craig Williams in the saddle and they are the firming $3.50 favourite to get the job done.
The close second pick in Zipping Classic betting is then the horse that went down by a mere nose behind Precedence in the Queen Elizabeth a week ago, Sertorius ($3.70) who is out to turn the tables from barrier one.
The bookies other top fancies are then the Gai Waterhouse-trained Queenstown ($5) coming off a second in the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) from Emirates Stakes Day, Kiwi Group 1 winner Ransomed ($10) and Epingle ($10).
Earlier in the week we published our insider 2013 Zipping Classic Form Guide & Preview, and based on what we discovered there below are our top three picks from the field to get behind at our preferred online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
#2 Sertorius ($3.70)
Galileo six-year-old was beaten by a flare of a nostril by Precedence in the Queen Elizabeth seven days ago, before which they ran second in the Cranbourne Cup and won the Bendigo Cup. Come back to 2400m here and should be able to turn the tables on their last start conqueror despite meeting them equal in the weights under WFA. Some concerns over inside alley getting a clear run, but if they can stay out of traffic should be hard to beat. Second best Win Rate (33%) and Place Percentage (75%) of the field and has wet track form plus a previous win at the track meaning conditions are in their favour here.
#6 Epingle ($10)
Adds value to the Zipping Classic quinella, Michael Kent’s Pins mare has been in top form against the girls this time in and is ready to take on the boys. She’s run fourth in her two most recent runs at big odds, firstly over the Moonee Valley mile behind Catkins in the Tesio Stakes and then last Saturday in the Matriarch behind Girl Gone Rockin’. She’s consistent and versatile and should relish the step up in distance here despite not having won over further than a mile yet. Good gate seven draw which produced last year’s winner (Tanby), has wet track form and good Place Rate (60%).
#1 Precedence ($3.50)
Money is coming for the favourite, and while they’re in ace form, think they could have been ready for a Melbourne Cup and not a 2400m race here. They’ll be competitive though and it’s going to be close if they’re not past it. Won the Queen Elizabeth last weekend narrowly, brave holding off Sertorius who they must defeat again. Only one horse before them has completed the Queen Elizabeth Stakes – Zipping Classic double however (Gallant Guru in 2006). Favourites do have an excellent record here though with seven of the past 14 all saluting.
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*All odds quoted are Fixed Win from Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change