IT’S the unofficial end to the Melbourne Spring Carnival this Saturday as Sandown hosts Zipping Classic Day.
Sandown hosts a stacked 10 race card on Saturday and the punters have plenty of high quality races to wager upon.
Don’t worry about making your way through the form though because the experts at Horse Betting have your full Zipping Classic Day tips sorted.
Race 1 – Thoroughbred Club Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m)
Torched is making his debut for team Hawkes after a brilliant trial win at Cranbourne.
The money is usually a good indicator on these first starters and two-year-old has been well supported in the market despite this being his first start.
If Torched is able to replicate that trial form on Saturday he will be hard to beat in the opener.
Race 2 – Sandown Cup (3200m)
Yogi looks well placed to end a fruitless run this preparation.
After a disappointing campaign which saw him fail to make it into the Melbourne Cup, the Darren Weir-trained stayer finally steps out to the two mile distance, which we think he’ll relish.
The 3200m will give the gelding plenty of time to balance up and we think it’s his race to lose.
Race 3 – Twilight Glow Stakes (1400m)
The highly talented Sweet Rockette looks hard to beat heading into the third event.
Trainer Michelle Payne takes the steer on her quality filly, who has one win and two seconds from four career races. A strong trial win since being let up for 50 days adds huge confidence for us and we’re expecting a nice resumption here from the three-year-old.
Race 4 – Eclipse Stakes (1800m)
Tony McEvoy mare Bring Me Roses looks poised for this race.
While the record of a single win from 15 starts doesn’t read that well, the four-year-old has been building nicely this campaign, culminating in a runner-up run in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes.
Bring Me Roses is clearly the horse to beat heading into the fourth.
Race 5 – Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m)
In a wide-open affair Cool Passion looks as good a chance as any.
The McEvoy’s take the last-start winner into this event following a narrow victory in the Group 3 Hong Kong Jockey Club stakes on Cup day. The seven-year-old carries in half a kilo less than she did just over a week ago and this appears to be a winnable event.
Race 6 – Sandown Stakes (1500m)
Does a trip to the west beckon for Fifty Stars? We think it’s on the cards but first thing’s first, winning the Sandown Stakes.
The Darren Weir-trained runner jumps from a good gate, has a low weight and fresh off a strong win at Flemington.
Fifty Stars should win this one with ease en route to the Group 1 Railway Stakes.
Race 7 – Sandown Guineas (1600m)
We’re backing Seabrook to have a significant change of fortunes here.
The talented filly is yet to win from four runs this preparation but placed in the Thousand Guineas before only finishing two and a half lengths off the winner in the Empire Rose.
The Mick Price-trained three-year-old gets a weight advantage over her rivals and we’re backing Seabrook to bounce back sharply.
Race 8 – Zipping Classic (2400m)
The query heading into the feature event for us is whether former Kiwi Our Libretto can see out the trip, but there’s no doubting the talent of the import.
The five-year-old mare won her first four Australian starts before getting a luckless run in the Matriarch. Despite finishing seventh however, Our Libretto finished just over a length of the winner.
The horse has never raced beyond 2025m but we’re convinced she’s the real deal.
Race 9 – Clanbrooke Racing Doveton Stakes (1000m)
Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Spending To Win looks well suited to this event following a first-up win at Caulfield on September 22.
The five-year-old gelding is chasing a hattrick of wins after a dominant win at the Sunshine Coast before being turned out and this race at Sandown within its grasp. While Spending To Win has never won second-up, he has three seconds and a third from four attempts.
Race 10 – Summoned Stakes (1500m)
We love Our Crown Mistress at HBHQ and we’re backing her to bounce back hard in the final event.
The mare finished third in the Northwood Plume at Caulfield before a strong fourth at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day. This race presents as her best chance to win this preparation and we’re anticipating a strong run.