Markets for the feature race at Sandown Racecourse this Saturday are now out at bookies around the country with the Darren Weir-trained Prince Of Penzance opening the top fancy to win the 2014 Zipping Classic.
The Pentire gelding sits top of the Ladbrokes.com.au odds for this year’s $350,000 Group 2 Deadly Design Zipping Classic (2400m) paying $3.50 to win his second Group 2 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival showdown in three starts.
Back on Cox Plate Day the five-year-old won his first big feature with a one and a quarter length victory over Le Roi in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m).
Runner-up in the Cup turned the tables on Prince Of Penzance next start however with Le Roi beating him by one position and half a length in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) at Flemington last Saturday, the second place getter there now on the short seven day back-up.
The bookies still rate Prince Of Penzance as the main danger however after he drew well in barrier four with his Moonee Valley Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne jumping back in the saddle after Hugh Bowman rode him in the Queen Elizabeth.
In a relatively tight Zipping Classic betting market there are then three other single figure hopes with:
- #6 Spillway ($4) – One of two in the race for co-trainers David Hayes & Tom Dabernig this Rail Link stallion comes off a fourth behind Happy Trails in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) but is a little suspect over the mile and a half having had four runs over the distance for just the one third. Also unsure of barrier one where could get caught up but bookies are taking no chances.
- #1 Green Moon ($5) – Early market mover from the stables of six-time winning owner Lloyd Williams whose latest victory was with Tanby (2012) two years ago. Backed in from an opening quote of $6 to win his first race since the 2012 Melbourne Cup, this Montjeu seven-year-old has been out of form this season and was last seen running ninth to the ill-fated Admire Rakti in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (240m) on October 18. Saturday an easier assignment but he goes up from 57kg to 59kg under the WFA conditions.
- #5 Au Revoir ($5.50) – Australian-owned (OTI), French-trained (Andre Fabre) Singspiel stallion has run twice down under this season when third to Prince Of Penzance in the MV Cup then eighth last time out behind German raider Protectionist in the iconic Melbourne Cup over the two miles on November 4. Getting back to the 2400m should suit as he’s won three from seven starts over the distance and will be better for the two mile test.
Outside of the top four in Zipping Classic betting are then a host of other livewire chances with Michael Kent’s honest seven-year-old Pins mare Epingle ($11) the next best in betting.
She’s run fourth in all three of her runs this season on the back of a Sydney Cup fifth over the two miles during the autumn, including her latest effort when fourth to this weekend’s favourite in the Moonee Valley Cup.
All but $101 outsider Riayla from the Mornington stables of Matt Laurie are then under $20 to win including the Mick Price-trained Count Of Limonade ($13).
Duke Of Marmalade five-year-old Count Of Limonade won over 2050m at Moe two back before a credible last start effort running fifth behind Bring Something in the Listed Bendigo Cup (2400m) on October 29.
The latest Zipping Classic 2014 betting odds are listed in the table below complete with links to Ladbrokes.com.au where you can enjoy up to $500 in bonus bets to split four times this spring!