The punters are coming for the Joe Pride-trained...
Eight runners have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Ladbrokes Park; offering punters exceptional value from a betting perspective and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Who Shot Thebarman ran on for an impressive fifth in the Melbourne Cup last Tuesday and remains a clear $3.30 favourite in 2016 Zipping Classic betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
A Group 1 winner having taken out the 2014 edition of the Auckland Cup (3200m), Who Shot Thebarman resumed this time for sixth in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) before placing fifth in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m).
Running on for second behind Hartnell in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m), the Yamanin Vital gelding placed seventh in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (1400m) and second in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) leading into the race that stops a nation.
Drawn on the rails with Hugh Bowman in the saddle, Who Shot Thebarman has interestingly drifted in Zipping Classic betting markets but will have to issue performing at the distance and under the conditions.
Three-year-old So Si Bon has found excellent form through his 2016 Spring Carnival campaign and is the current occupant of the second line of Zipping Classic betting, at a $4.20 quote.
Breaking through for a maiden race win in his third career start; the O’Brien Real Estate Maiden (1200m) on September 15th, the So You Think colt made a credible transition to black type company when sixth in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m).
Running fifth in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) and third in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m), So Si Bon ran on well for fourth in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2400m) a fortnight ago and should prove extremely tough to beat on Saturday with only 50.5kgs in tow.
British raider Big Orange failed to make much of his run in the Melbourne Cup, but is proven at the class and distance of the Zipping Classic and represents terrific value at a $5 quote.
Posting an impressive career total of seven wins and three minors through nineteen competitive starts, Big Orange resumed this year for second in the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup (3200m) before placing third in the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes (2414m).
Taking out each of the Group 2 Princess Of Wales’s Stakes (2414m) and the Group 2 Goodwood Cup (3200m) prior to placing tenth in the Melbourne Cup, Big Orange will be partnered by Damian Lane from barrier 2 on Saturday.
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