Darren Weir’s evergreen veteran and Emirates Stakes Day winner over the weekend Dandino is one of the headline nominees for this Saturday’s Zipping Classic 2015 at Sandown Hillside.
The feature race on the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival meeting, this year’s $300,000 Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) over the mile and a half drew 13 original nominations.
Racing Victoria have extended entries until 10am (AEST) on Tuesday morning.
The veteran of the line-up comes from the Melbourne Cup winning Ballarat stables of Weir who could put Dansili nine-year-old Dandino on the short back-up after the stallion scored a solid one and three quarter length win in the Group 3 Queen’s Cup (2600m) at Flemington last Saturday.
That followed a second in the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m), the 2013 Caulfield Cup runner-up balloted out of a shot at the Melbourne Cup, the famous two mile feature won at $101 by his stablemate Prince Of Penzance.
Weir has also nominated for Sea The Stars gelding Tall Ship who is undefeated over the 2400m with a two-from-two record at the distance to date, but a last start eighth over 1800m from Melbourne Cup Day to improve on.
Queen’s Cup third placed gelding Don Doremo, prepared by Robbie Laing, is also nominated for a rematch with Dandino in the Zipping Classic on Saturday.
Dandino is the sole last-start winner nominated, but the horse that beat him home in the Geelong Cup Almoonqith comes out of the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) from November 3.
Last year’s Zipping Classic winner Au Revoir (2014) came out of an eighth in the Melbourne Cup 12 months ago, the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Almoonqith having run further back when 18th of 24 runners in the classic beaten seven lengths.
The equal highest-rated of the current entries are Almoonqith’s stablemate Rising Romance and the Chris Waller-trained Who Shot Thebarman.
One of four mares currently in the mix, Ekraar five-year-old Rising Romance comes off a brave second to Gailo Chop in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 31.
Last year’s ATC Oaks winner, she is after her first win in Australia since with her sole victory since then being in a non-black type New Zealand race in February.
Third in last year’s Melbourne Cup, Waller’s Yamanin Vital seven-year-old Who Shot Thebarman is another Zipping Classic hope this spring come out of the ‘race that stops a nation’ from the start of the month running 11th this year at 21/1.
Other notable Zipping Classic entries include the John Sargent-trained former Oaks winning mare Kirramosa coming off a third in the Bendigo Cup over the distance and Robert Smerdon’s four-year-old daughter of Grey Swallow Ungrateful Ellen.
Ungrateful Ellen comes off three straight fourth place finishes over the Melbourne Spring Carnival, the latest seeing her defeated under four lengths by dual Group 1 winner Lucia Valentina in the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) only last Saturday.
Check out the original Zipping Sandown Classic 2015 nominations, late entries out on Tuesday morning before final acceptances are released on Wednesday along with the barriers.
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2015 Zipping Classic Nominations
Sandown Hillside – 14/11/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||416×506710||ALMOONQITH (USA)||H||6||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||105|
|2||624×008421||DANDINO (GB)||H||9||Darren Weir||107|
|3||2213x300x9||DO YOU REMEMBER (SAF)||M||6||Peter G Moody||95|
|4||130×409803||DON DOREMO (NZ)||G||5||Robbie Laing||90|
|5||6650×55503||KIRRAMOSA (NZ)||M||5||John Sargent||102|
|6||4x5421x469||MANALAPAN (IRE)||G||6||Ciaron Maher||90|
|7||x122x62002||RISING ROMANCE (NZ)||M||5||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||109|
|9||x452x78624||SYSMO (FR)||G||7||Tony McEvoy||92|
|10||81111×8848||TALL SHIP (IRE)||G||5||Darren Weir||97|
|11||31532×8444||UNGRATEFUL ELLEN||M||4||Robert Smerdon||85|
|13||5442×75870||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||G||7||Chris Waller||109|