Sandown | Zipping Classic & All The Group Races


The Spring Carnival winds down, but still a great meeting at Sandown. Here’s my take on the Zipping Classic and other Group races for the meeting.

Race 4 – Eclipse Stakes (1800m, Group 3)

Weir trained Tradesman needed the run when resuming in Cup Day Plate. Fitter and comes into calculations if track rain-affected.

Kiwia was a bit one-paced behind Kaonic at Flemington (1800m) in Cup Day Plate. He’s had two runs from a break now, so can improve.

Mask Of Time won the G3 Coongy (2000m) at Caulfield last month and followed that with a close second at Rosehill. In form and super fit.

Bring Me Roses has raced well in three runs this prep. Hit the line hard behind Shilelagh in the G1 Empire Rose (1600m), against her own sex. First go at this distance, but racing like she will handle the step up in distance.

Best: Bring Me Roses. Dangers: Mask Of Time, Kiwia.

Race 5 – Heffernan Stakes (1300m, Group 3)

Savanna Amour solid effort when 6th to Osborne Bulls in the G2 Linlithgow (1200m). She over raced in the early stages and then didn’t get a lot of room near the 200m. Blinkers come off and she’s back against own sex.

Missrock finished alongside Savanna Amour and comes into this race third-up. Yet to win beyond 1200m.

Cool Passion raced on speed and won G3 Maybe Mahal (1400m) at her last start. She did have the race run to suit.

Rich Charm was racing well, but pulled up lame after finishing last in the G2 Bobbie Lewis on September 15. She’s had two months to recover and is good enough if right.

Quilista will race on speed and wasn’t far away last start behind Divine Quality in G3 1100m. Seven of eight wins have been at 1100-1200m. Good alley will help her see this trip out.

Best: Savanna Amour. Dangers: Missrock, Rich Charm.

Race 6 – Sandown Stakes (1500m, Group 3)

Dollar For Dollar G1 placed in the Rupert Clarke (1400m) three runs back and latest was fifth in G3 at Flemington. Races on speed and winner this track and distance.

Fastnet Tempest drew wide and went back in the G1 Cantala Stakes (1600m) before making up ground. Down in class, better draw, but rises 6kgs.

Sircconi put in a shocker in the G1 Cantala last start, but the mile may have found him out there. Prior to that he was good at Caulfield, races on speed, but 1500m is a concern.

Fifty Stars is promising, winning five of seven including dominant last start win in B90 (1400m) at Flemington on a heavy track and has also won here. Meeting horses here that have raced well in elite company, first go at 1600m so short odds not enticing.

Best:  Dollar or Dollar. Dangers: Fifty Stars, Fastnet Tempest.

Race 7 – Sandown Guineas (1600m, Group 2)

Would have liked to see Long Leaf run to the line stronger than he did last start in the G1 Coolmore (1200m). Extra distance might help and blinkers come off.

Good ‘N’ Fast had the toughest off runs in the G3 Carbine Club (1600m) last start. Over raced three and four wide throughout, wider on the turn, yet still battled on. Blinkers off and if he mends his manners he’ll be right in this.

Ringerdingding scored career best win when fast finishing effort in the Listed Hilton Stks (1400m). Savaged the line so the extra 200m should not pose a problem.

Scottish Rogue was a brave second to Ringadingding. He worked outside the leader all of the way and did not shirk at the end. Placed at 1600m and fitter for two runs from a break.

McEvoy trained stablemate Secret Blaze also goes in the mix after third in the Carbine Club. Was slightly held up on the fence and worked to the line for third when clear.

Seabrook has been around the money in her past couple. She was third in the 1000 Guineas and then last start 6th to Shilelagh in the G1 Empire Rose. Latest she only carried 50kgs against the older mares.  Down in grade, but drawn wide and meeting some promising male opposition here.

Best:  Good ‘N’ Fast. Dangers: Ringerdingding, Seabrook.

Race 8 – Zipping Classic (2400m, Group 2)

Two Melbourne Cup runners tackle this, 10 year-old Who Shot Thebarman and Ventura Storm.

Ventura Storm didn’t run out the 3200m and prior to that won the MV Cup (2500m) and capable of turning things around.

Libran is honest and has been placed at last two starts. Was third in the MV Cup and then same behind Jaameh in QE (2600m) at Flemington. He did well there to recover after copping a heavy knock near the 200m.

The Taj Mahal won this race last year and is in good form for another shot. Ran a great race for fifth in the Caulfield Cup and then was 9th behind Ventura Storm at the Valley. His last run was a total forget, he was posted three deep for the entire trip and did well to finish as close (5.5lens) as he did.

Our Libretto did best work late in the G2 Matriarch (2000m) for mares. Has won this track, meeting tougher opposition.

Best: The Taj Mahal. Dangers: Libran, Ventura Storm.

What do you think?