David Hayes & Tom Dabernig have nominated British horse Spillway for both the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) and Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Sandown this Saturday.
Both races make up 2014 Zipping Classic Day, which is the final installment of the 2014 spring racing carnival.
Hayes has since stated he is “leaning” more towards starting Spillway in the 2014 Zipping Classic, which is the feature race of Saturday’s meeting, however he would have to assess the entries for both races before making a final decision since both were extended on Monday.
“I’m leaning towards the mile-and-a-half race (Zipping Classic). I’ll wait to see the late noms are then make a call,” Hayes told TVN.
Neither race saw the addition of any new runners on Tuesday morning despite the 24 hour extension and Lord Van Percy has already been withdrawn from the Zipping due to a tendon problem, so with just 11 rivals it appears to remain the favoured race.
However, Spillway did fail at his only start beyond 2000m this season, finishing ninth in the Group 1 Metropolitan on October 4. He was trapped wide so had to work hard to be third at the 2000m mark. He was in trouble a fair way out and may not have run the trip.
Meanwhile his two starts over the mile and 200m were much more successful, which means the 2014 Eclipse Stakes could be a better run for the four-year-old.
The entire just missed out on a placing in both the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m), in which he found the line very strongly for a top run in fourth place. He came from near the rear of the field to finish just 2½ lengths behind Happy Trails, Epsom Handicap winner He’s Your Man and UK horse Farraaj.
Spillway hasn’t found a win since April in the Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m) and should he accept for the Zipping Classic will have to take on talented rivals the likes of Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) runners Fawkner and Au Revoir, Group 2 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) runner-up Prince Of Penzance, and 2012 Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon.
We won’t know which race Spillway will run in until Wednesday when the final fields are announced. Make sure your online betting account at Ladbrokes.com.au is open for this weekend’s final instalment of the 2014 spring racing carnival.