The Zipping Classic headlines a big day of racing at Ladbrokes Park on Saturday and 10 gallopers are set to contest the Group 2 event.
It is Humidor that has opened as a clear favourite in Zipping Classic betting, but he won’t have things his own way against the likes of Southern France, Ventura Storm and Savvy Oak.
We have analysed every runner in the race and our complete 2019 Zipping Classic tips can be found below.
It is tough to know what to make of Humidor heading into the Zipping Classic. This is easily the weakest race that he has contested this campaign, but he goes into it on the back of a fairly flat effort in the Mackinnon Stakes. His run before that in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup was good and the step-up in trip should suit. He is definitely right in this contest, but I don’t want to dive in at the current odds.
Ventura Storm has been racing consistently without winning this campaign. He was beaten just over three lengths in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup and he was not disgraced behind True Self in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington last start. There is no fitter horse in this race and he does appeal at the current odds of $7.50.
Gallic Chieftain is another horse on the back-up from the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He went very close to claiming a maiden Group 1 win in The Metropolitan, but his two runs since then in the St Leger Stakes and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes have been fairly flat. $8 does seem slightly under the odds.
Patrick Erin ran well in both The Metropolitan and the St Leger Stakes before he clearly had excuses when he finished at the tail of the field in the Hotham Stakes. There is no doubt that he is a better horse than that effort suggests and he maps to get a lovely run in transit with Michael Walker in the saddle. He can run a big race at juicy odds.
Southern France is the horse to beat in an open edition of the Zipping Classic. If you put a line through his run in the Melbourne Cup, his European form does give him a genuine edge over the rest of this field. He beat Hotham Stakes winner Downdraft and Melbourne Cup contender Master Of Reality to win the Irish St Leger Trial Stakes before he finished a credible third in the Irish St Leger itself. That sort of form will be more than good enough to beat what is far from the strongest edition of the Zipping Classic.
Dal Harraild wasn’t disgraced behind Surprise Baby in The Bart Cummings and he beat home only a single runner in the Geelong Cup. It has been a long time since he recorded a race win and it is tough to back him off his last start effort. $10 is well and truly under the odds.
Midterm showed plenty of toughness to win the Kyneton Cup and he was not disgraced when he finished sixth behind True Self in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. I’m not sure that he has the class to win this contest, but he is a stayer in form and they may as well have a crack at the stumps.
Chapada has been thereabouts without ever looking like a winning chance in the Seymour Cup and the Rosehill Gold Cup. The step-up to 2400 metres suits and he still does have some upside, but he is far from a consistent winner.
Savvy Oak is on the quick back-up after he recorded an upset win at Flemington on Mackinnon Stakes Day. There was plenty of merit in that performance and he has always been a galloper that looked to have some ability. He would still need to produce another career best performance to win a race of this quality.
Miss Siska is on the quick back-up after she finished a very tough second behind Oceanex in the Matriarch Stakes last weekend. She does look likely to set the tempo in this contest and she will give her rivals something to chase. The strong early support in Zipping Classic betting is no real surprise.