Harraild looking go one better in Zipping Classic; Weekend Preview

By Georgie Dennis

Recently imported galloper, Dal Harraild, will be looking to go one place better in this Saturday’s Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) after being narrowly beaten in the Bendigo Cup by a $36 roughie.

Both of his runs since joining the stable have been good but the team are eager to get a win with the six-year-old and this looks like the right race to do it.

The mile and a half trip will be no issue for him and he will be ridden positively in the hopes that he can outstay the rest of the field.

Kerrin McEvoy, who knows the horse well, will take the ride from barrier four and we think he will go close.

Earlier in the day at Sandown, we have two-year-old filly Salome going around in the Merson Cooper Stakes over 1000m.

She was impressive at her first start at Moonee Valley where she was interfered with and shifted incredibly wide around the turn but still managed to run on and finish third.

The Unencumbered filly has come on well from that run and worked nicely at the track on Tuesday.

Michael Walker will ride her again from barrier eight and we think she is a good winning chance.

We then have Wall of Fire tackling the Ladbrokes Sandown Cup over 3200m.

He has been up and down in form since he joined the stable and will appreciate some sting out of the tack.

If he gets a nice surface and puts his best foot forward in the run, then he definitely has the ability to beat this field and should run well.

Ben Melham rides from barrier four.

Our next runner at Sandown is Mask of Time who will contest the 1800m Eclipse Stakes.

The team are still tossing up whether to run him or not as he could go to the Ballarat Cup next Saturday, but he is in good order and as long as the track isn’t too hard, he will run a good race.

Our final runner at Sandown on Zipping Classic day is Bons Away who runs in the Doveton Stakes over 1000m.

He ran exceptionally well last start at Flemington, only being beaten half a length in Group 2 company by the talented Godolphin galloper Osbourne Bulls and the team were thrilled with him.

He is a tough little horse and that run had little impact on him so there are no knocks there but there is a question mark around going back down to the 1000m as he can take some time to fully wind up into his run.

The Bon Hoffa gelding has drawn wide with barrier 10 but that is suitable for him as he is a horse that likes to go back and swoop around the field.

He looks outstanding and Mark Zahra, who knows him well, will be back on board and we think he has a great chance.

On Friday night at Moonee Valley, Ascot Red will run in the Jericho Cup Qualifier over 3000m.

He was unlucky not to win at his last start at Moonee Valley, but this race looks to be very suitable for him and it will be his last stepping stone before the Jericho Cup on the 2nd of December.

Jamie Mott has formed a nice partnership with the horse and will take the ride on Friday night from barrier seven.

On Saturday at Cranbourne we have Mandayana running in a 1600m maiden for fillies and mares.

She will enjoy the step up in trip and is definitely a winning chance.

Stable apprentice Liam Riordan takes the ride from barrier three.

On Sunday we have Ruby Sea kicking off her preparation at Geelong in a 1440m BM64.

It is a small field and Teo Nugent will claim two kilos, so we are hopeful that she will run well.

At Donald on Sunday we have Pertinacious running in a 2000m maiden.

She will enjoy the step up in distance and we are hopeful she won’t be too far away.