2018 Zipping Classic nominations include beaten Melbourne Cup favourite Yucatan

November 13, 2018

2018 Zipping Classic nominations include beaten Melbourne Cup favourite Yucatan

Beaten Melbourne Cup favourite Yucatan is among the nominations for the 2018 Group 2 $300,000 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Ladbrokes Park at Sandown on Saturday.

Yucatan, above, is among the nominations for the 2018 Zipping Classic at Sandown. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Yucatan, above, is among the nominations for the 2018 Zipping Classic at Sandown. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Yucatan was sent out as the $6 favourite for the 2018 Group 1 $7.3m Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington last Tuesday, but struggled at the end of the two miles to finish in eleventh spot, eleven and three quarter lengths behind the winner Cross Counter.

Yucatan has been transferred from champion trainer Aidan O’Brien to owner Lloyd Williams’ stable at Mount Macedon under the care of trainer Liam Howley who has also nominated the Williams owned HomesmanSir Isaac Newton, Midterm and last year’s winner The Taj Mahal in the Zipping Classic.

The sixteen nominations for the 2018 Zipping Classic also included Melbourne Cup also-rans Ventura Storm, tenth, and Who Shot Thebarman, seventeenth.

The Liam Howley trained The Taj Mahal will be chasing back to back wins in the Zipping Classic after beating his stablemate and 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Alamadin last year.

The Taj Mahal was a winner three starts back in the Group 3 $200,000 JRA Cup (2040m) at The Valley on September 28 while his latest outing produced a ninth to Ventura Storm in the Group 2 $500,000 McCafe Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) at The Valley on October 27.

Lindsay Park co-trainer Tom Dabernig is expecting a better showing from Ventura Storm over the 2400m of the Zipping Classic after failing to handle the 3200m of the Melbourne Cup.

“He pulled up fine so we thought we’d give him another try before putting him out,” co-trainer Tom Dabernig told AAP.

“Mark Zahra rode him well but he just didn’t stay the trip so we’ll keep him to 2400 metres maximum as of now.”

Caulfield training partnership Ciaron Maher and David Eustace have nominated English imports Dal Harraild and Wall Of Fire while Mat Ellerton and Simon Zahra has entered Sheezdashing.

Earlier betting for the Zipping Classic at Ladbrokes.com.au has Yucatan as the $2.80 favourite ahead of his stablemates Homesman at $3.20 and The Taj Mahal at $8.

Betting for the 2018 Zipping Classic at Ladbrokes.com.au: $2.80 Yucatan, $3.20 Homesman, $8 The Taj Mahal, $10 Libran, Lord Fandango, Midterm, Our Libretto, Ventura Storm, $12 Sheezdashing, $16 Dal Harraild, Sir Isaac Newton, Who Shot Thebarman, $26 Wall Of Fire, $61 Berisha, $101 Noumea, Sherlock Holmes.

Nominations for the 2018 Zipping Classic (2400m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 6731×76940 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 10 Chris Waller 1 59kg 110
2 829×794010 VENTURA STORM (IRE) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 2 59kg 105
3 53x16x2172 HOMESMAN (USA) G 5 Liam Howley 3 59kg 110
4 41x8x79159 THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 4 59kg 108
5 x436013x10 YUCATAN (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 5 59kg 108
6 x39770x364 LORD FANDANGO (GER) H 6 Archie Alexander 6 59kg 102
7 420×837833 LIBRAN (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 7 59kg 104
8 6x10x24682 DAL HARRAILD (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 8 59kg 103
9 48x220x040 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 9 59kg 101
10 42223×3658 SHEEZDASHING M 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 10 56kg 92
11 2x12714x00 SHERLOCK HOLMES (IRE) G 7 Eric Musgrove 11 59kg 84
12 14229×8068 BERISHA G 7 John Sadler 12 59kg 90
13 40×11117 OUR LIBRETTO (NZ) M 5 Grahame Begg 13 57kg 90
14 x8650x4365 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) G 7 Liam Howley 14 59kg 98
15 3305531384 NOUMEA (IRE) G 6 Eric Musgrove 15 59kg 78
16 164x0x0254 MIDTERM (GB) G 6 Liam Howley 16 59kg 98

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