Zipping Classic Day is one of the most highly anticipated cards of the Spring Carnival each yeah, and boasts ten black type races.
The rail will remain in the true position at Ladbrokes Park on Saturday and the track is likely to be rated in the good range.
Race 1 - 12:15pm AEDT
Listed Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m)
There isn’t a lot of exposed form to list off ahead of the Merson Cooper Stakes, but I think that Marine One will enjoy good improvement from his debut effort, and I’m happy to have something on.
The well-bred colt showed ability at the trials prior to making his debut and ran home respectably to finish third in the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate on Cup Day last week.
I think he’ll have tightened up for that effort and can fight out the finish again.
2 Units Marine One
Race 2 - 12:45pm AEDT
Listed Twilight Glow Stakes (1400m)
La Mexicana recorded a tough win in the Crockett Stakes last time out, and can win again when she contests the Twilight Glow Stakes on Saturday.
The three-year-old daughter of I Am Invincible has had four career starts for three wins and a placing, tuning up with a fair effort for third when resuming at Flemington and winning each of her last two in impressive fashion.
She looks to be at peak fitness for this contest and is drawn to receive the run of the race from barrier 3, with Jamie Kah staying in the saddle.
4 Units La Mexicana
Race 3 - 1:20pm AEDT
Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m)
Only eight horses have accepted, but this shapes as an outstanding edition of the Kevin Heffernan Stakes, and there is a genuine case to be built for every runner.
Order Of Command has stripped fitter for three starts back from a spell, and I am happy to have something on him in this contest.
The Danny O’Brien-trained gelding filled the minors in the Testa Rossa when resuming, finishing down the order in the Schillaci, but responding with a bold effort for second in the Group 2 Linlithgow last time out.
He shouldn’t have too much of an issue overcoming the wide draw in this small field and he can fight out the finish.
2 Units Order Of Command
Race 4 - 1:55pm AEDT
Listed Doveton Stakes (1000m)
The Doveton Stakes looks the perfect race for Humma Humma and she is ready to win.
The Denman mare has been a great horse for the McArdle stable since making her debut, and has recorded several eye-catching wins in black type company throughout her career.
She’s yet to place in three starts back from a spell this time, but there was a lot to like about her run for fourth in the Alinghi Stakes last time out, and dropping back to 1000m will prove ideal for her.
4 Units Humma Humma
Race 5 - 2:30pm AEDT
Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m)
This is a rise in class, but Kenya was utterly dominant in the Peninsula Cup and can continue his rise through the grades in the Sandown Stakes.
The Galileo gelding took up the running at Mornington, kicked clear at the bend and powered away from his rivals, in what was a very impressive performance.
He didn’t beat a lot there, but he’ll enjoy improvement from it, will relish a big drop in the weights and can win again.
4 Units Kenya
Race 6 - 3:05pm AEDT
Group 2 Ladbrokes Sandown Guineas (1600m)
Aysar has opened a $1.70 in Ladbrokes Sandown Guineas betting but for mine, he is under the odds at that price and I am happy to take him on.
Horrifying has returned to the races in competitive form this time and at around the $9 mark, shapes as a genuine each-way chance.
The Shocking colt is interestingly still a maiden, but filled the minors in a couple of races at Bendigo when resuming before finishing third in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes last time out.
Fitter fourth-up, he clearly enjoys racing at a mile and he can fight out the finish.
1 Unit E/W Horrifying
Race 7 - 3:45pm AEDT
Listed Ladbrokes Sandown Cup (3200m)
This is an intriguing edition of the Ladbrokes Sandown Cup and there is a case to be made for several runners.
I am a fan of Miami Bound but on her run in the Melbourne Cup, I’m not confident she sees out the two miles, so I’m going to take her on.
It was a long time between race wins for Sin To Win, but he was an outstanding winner of the other staying race on Cup Day, The Macca’s Run, and I think that he is up to winning a race like the Ladbrokes Sandown Cup.
Sin To Win has been a good horse throughout his race career and he has clearly continued to improve with each race start this preparation.
The rise in trip should suit fourth-up, he gets in well under the conditions and the bookie of Luke Currie to ride is positive.
3 Units Sin To Win
Race 8 - 4:25pm AEDT
Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m)
Future Score has returned to the races in excellent form this time, and the Zipping Classic is a great race for him.
The Cape Cross gelding needed the run when he finish sixth in a 1700m handicap when resuming at Caulfield, but put paid to his rivals in the Cranbourne Cup before finishing a narrow third in the Lexus Hotham last time out.
He has drawn ideally into this field and I really cannot find a reason why he won’t be in the finish.
3 Units Future Score
Race 9 - 5:05pm AEDT
Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m)
It’s hard to make a case for a horse that doesn’t win very often, but the enigmatic So Si Bon has returned some competitive efforts this prep, and I’m going to give him one last chance in the Eclips Stakes.
The So You Think gelding has produced plenty of good, but also heart-breaking moments throughout his racing career, and he does enter this contest off the back of a decent fourth in the Cup Day Plate at Flemington, having finished third in the VOBIS Gold Star two weeks prior, and third behind Fierce Impact at Russian Camelot in the Makybe Diva Stakes earlier this time.
He’s drawn to receive every chance in this race, I think Mark Zahra is a good booking and at around $9, we can have an each-way play.
1 Unit E/W So Si Bon
Race 10 - 5:40pm AEDT
Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1500m)
Missile Mantra was held up at a vital stage in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes on Derby Day, but she was strong through the line when she did finally get out, and the Summoned Stakes looks a very winnable race for her.
The Smart Missile mare has been a good horse for the Snowdens throughout her career and went within a whisker of recording a Group 1 win last spring.
She’s stripped fitter with each of her five starts back this time, and I doubt she’ll be offered a better opportunity to win another black type race than this.
3 Units Missile Mantra