The headline race at Sandown Hillside on Saturday is the weight-for-age Zipping Classic 2015 with last weekend’s Queen’s Cup winner Danidno leading a small field of just eight acceptors.
Due to jump as Sandown Race 5 at 3:25pm (AEST), this year’s $300,000 Group 2 Quayclean Zipping Classic (2400m) has a diminutive number of hopefuls however the class is still top notch.
To wear the number one saddlecloth and jumping from barrier four with Dwayne Dunn aboard is the Darren Weir-trained veteran nine-year-old Danidno.
Runner-up in the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) two back before missing out on a Melbourne Cup run, the two mile classic subsequently won by his roughie shot stablemate Prince Of Penzance ($101), the Dansili stallion ran at Flemington last weekend and scored a comprehensive 1.75 length victory in the Group 3 Queen’s Cup (2600m).
He is on the short back-up into the Zipping Classic over 200m less this weekend then for his first look at the track, but is in top form and could be hard to hold out.
Melbourne Cup winning trainer Weir has two Zipping Classic runners this weekend also accepting for Tall Ship who ran fourth behind subsequent Emirates Stakes winner Turn Me Loose in the Listed Seymour Cup (1600m) before an eighth in the Cup Day Plate (1800m) on Melbourne Cup Day.
Coming off a better last start run into the mile and a half showdown are the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Group 1 winning mare Rising Romance and fellow former Oaks winner Kirramosa in barriers eight and six respectively.
Winner of the 2014 ATC Oaks in Sydney and only the one race since, Ekraar five-year-old Rising Romance is a dual Group 1 runner-up this campaign including on Victoria Derby Day when only a half-length off Gailo Chop in the Mackinnon Stakes (2000m).
Kirramosa meanwhile is a Kerrin McEvoy mount on the weekend, the John Sargent-trained Alamosa mare best known for her 2013 Crown Oaks win and coming off a third to The Offer in the Group 3 Bendigo Cup (2400m) from the end of October.
Two gallopers that ran in the iconic $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) over the two miles drop back in class and distance for the Zipping Classic back-up this season with Who Shot The Barman and Sertorius.
Third in the ‘race that stops a nation’ last year, this spring the Chris Waller-trained Who Shot Thebarman could only manage to finish four lengths away 11th and shoots for his first win since October last year in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2520m).
Sertorius meanwhile was also considered for a Sandown Cup run back over the two miles on Saturday, but trainer Jamie Edwards has opted for the shorter race on the quick back-up and is thrilled with both the horse’s Melbourne Cup 12th and the way the eight-year-old pulled up after the run on the first Tuesday of November.
See below for the full Zipping Classic 2015 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.
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2015 Zipping Classic Final Field & Barrier Draw
Sandown Race 5 (3:25pm) – 14/11/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||624×008421||DANDINO (GB)||Darren Weir||Dwayne Dunn||4||59kg||106|
|2||5442×75870||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||James McDonald||5||59kg||109|
|3||8x21x00690||SERTORIUS||Jamie Edwards||Craig Newitt||7||59kg||101|
|4||81111×8848||TALL SHIP (IRE)||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||2||59kg||97|
|5||130×409803||DON DOREMO (NZ)||Robbie Laing||Mark Zahra||3||59kg||90|
|6||x122x62002||RISING ROMANCE (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damian Lane||8||57kg||109|
|7||6650×55503||KIRRAMOSA (NZ)||John Sargent||Kerrin McEvoy||6||57kg||102|
|8||2213x300x9||DO YOU REMEMBER (SAF)||Peter G Moody||Vlad Duric||1||57kg||95|