Zipping Classic 2023
Distance: 2400m | Conditions: WFA | Rail Position: 5m | Track Condition: Good 4
The Group 2 Zipping Classic takes place this Saturday to close out the Spring Racing Carnival for 2023. With dual acceptances and injuries we have a smaller field than anticipated but we’re still not short on quality, and looks a good way to round out what has been a great Spring! Let’s find a winner!
Pretty straight forward here you’d think. Deny Knowledge will bowl to the front from the inside draw, and Vow And Declare should roll up behind him. Muramasa will be able to sit in the second pair back with Military Mission not too far away either, leaving Duke De Sessa and Amade tailing off the field.
1: Vow And Declare (6)
Returns to defend his title and the veteran is as good a chance to get a win here as he’s been since that win. Was terrific in both the Moonee Valley Cup and Might and Power Stakes, before the Cup wasn’t really run to suit. WFA suits and he’s a big winning chance.
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3: Amade (11)
Generally likes to win out of turn and he did that in the Geelong Cup, getting up in a tight go. Then was a huge run in the Queen Elizabeth to finish 5th after falling out of the gates… again. He’s racing as well as he can at the moment and if he shows up again he’ll be running home well.
4: Military Mission (10)
Hit some really nice form prior to the Cup, winning the Newcastle Cup and then the Herbert Power. Gets back to that distance now and can bounce back. Barrier a slight concern.
5: Bankers Choice (7)
Goes to the 2400m for the first time here which I think can only do him good. Had to carry the big weight in a slowly run race last start, but battled on bravely. This is a harder race but with Deny Knowledge injecting some speed up top I think he can improve sharply.
7: Duke De Sessa (2)
I can’t believe Duke De Sessa is as short as he is. You can make a case that he finishes closer to Muramasa last start, but even with the same run I don’t think he wins. Gets a 2.5kg weight swing and maps to get a softer run but I don’t think he’s going good enough. I’ll be taking him on.
8: Port Philip (3)
Not going well enough to win this. Beaten nearly 10L by Muramasa at equal weights two back, can’t have improved enough to turn the tables.
10: Muramasa (4)
Flying this prep and can’t see why he won’t win again. He’s got to make the step up to WFA but he’s got plenty of upside and can go on with it. Ticks everywhere.
Make that three wins in a row ⚡️
In a competitive 2600m, MURAMASA claims victory in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
— Victoria Racing Club (@FlemingtonVRC) November 11, 2023
11: Deny Knowledge (1)
Will lead here and should get it all her way in front. Been going okay in harder races and should appreciate the step up in distance. Was brave last start and will have to lift again to be competitive here.
Hard to knock winning form, so I’ll be sticking with Muramasa here.
10: Muramasa (4)
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