2018 Quayclean Zipping Classic
Saturday 17th November 2018
Race 8: 4.40pm (AEST)
2400 meters, WFA
76940 1. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (2), J: JAMES MCDONALD, W: 59 KGS, 12.00
94010 2. VENTURA STORM (8), J: MARK ZAHRA, W: 59 KGS, 6.50
37833 3. LIBRAN (6), J: MICHAEL WALKER, W: 59 KGS, 6.50
79159 4. THE TAJ MAHAL (7), J: BEN MELHAM, W: 59 KGS, 4.20
X4365 5. SIR ISAAC NEWTON (5), J: ANTHONY DARMANIN, W: 59 KGS, 10.00
0X364 6. LORD FANDANGO (3), J: JOHN ALLEN, W: 59 KGS, 8.00
24682 7. DAL HARRAILD (4), J: KERRIN MCEVOY, W: 59 KGS, 5.50
11117 8. OUR LIBRETTO (1), J: DAMIAN LANE, W: 57 KGS, 5.00
Form and Predictions
Sandown Racecourse in Melbourne is one of three courses managed by the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC). The others being Caulfield and Mornington. It’s in the Southeastern part of the city and it’s major race day is the week after the Melbourne Cup Carnival concludes.
The race card has several good races which include the two mile Sandown Cup, Sandown Guineas for 3 year olds and the Zipping Classic which is the major race on the card and features many of the top liners who have raced around the major Group 1 and 2 events during the Melbourne Spring Carnival.
This year’s Zipping Classic only draws a small field of 8, but of most significance to European punters is the fact that 5 of the starters are former British, Irish or European trained horses who have since moved out to Australia permanently.
The race is named in honour of the former top stayer Zipping, who won this race four times during his illustrious career.
Last year’s winner the Taj Mahal, lines up here again, and is a good chance based on his recent runs at Moonee Valley (win) and Caulfield (place ).
There are two horses who lined up in the Melbourne Cup who are starting here. They are WHO SHOT THEBARMAN and VENTURA STORM. Both should find better track conditions than they did on Melbourne Cup day which was beset by bad weather and a soft/heavy track.
LIBRAN, LORD FANDANGO and SIR ISAAC NEWTON all have good credentials over the longer staying races, the first two are probably better suited to two miles rather than a mile and a half but all have decent place chances. Sir Isaac Newton is expected to be the front runner.
The recent import to Australia being DAL HARRAILD looks like a useful sort and may find his feet when the Autumn arrives next year. He was unfortunate to miss out on making the Melbourne Cup field this year, considering all the defections that occurred within the last month.
One of the other favoured chances is the mare OUR LIBRETTO who is a former New Zealand galloper that has struck good form since arriving in Australia. She ran in last week’s Group 2 Matriarch Stakes and finished a length behind the winner so brings that good form into this race, which hasn’t gone unnoticed by the market nor the Punters.
Overall, it’s a very even race and the long Sandown straight will give horses all the room they need to make their runs when the whips get cracking.
Betting Gods Picks
The Taj Mahal – 1pt win @ PaddyPower, Betfair SB
Our Libretto – 1pt win @ 5.50 PaddyPower, Betfair SB
Dal Harraild – 1pt win @ 5.00 PaddyPower, Betfair SB
Video Reference Guide
2018 JRA Cup (The Taj Mahal, Sir Isaac Newton)
2018 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (Ventura Storm, The Taj Mahal, Libran, Who Shot TheBarman)