An extraordinary spring ended with far more accomplishment for Lloyd Williams when Tanby additional the race named following one particular of the owner’s all-time favourite horses at Sandown on Saturday.
Tanby ($ 7.50) proved to be the strongest stayer in the Group Two Zipping Classic (2400), claiming a a few-quarter length win that gave the Williams family members its fifth win in the race in the past six years and their sixth in the past ten.
“If there’s a race other than the Melbourne Cup that we needed to win it’s this 1,” stated element-proprietor Nick Williams.
“Zipping was Dad’s favourite horse, it’s a special win.”
Zipping won the race named in his honour four instances in succession from 2007 and was at Sandown to lead the field out on Saturday.
Whilst Tanby is unlikely to attain the exact same level as his former stablemate, he will get his chance to improve on his record in the autumn.
“The Sydney Cup seems like the sort of race that’ll suit him, so that is on the cards for now,” Williams said.
With a tiny a lot more luck Tanby would have been offered the chance to add to the Williams dominance of the Melbourne Cup the steady won with Green Moon, only to miss out by a couple of spots to make the last 24.
“He only had 53 (kilograms) which would have been a good fat for a horse who’s shown he’s an out-and-out stayer,” Williams said.
As was the circumstance in the Melbourne Cup, the stable’s top rated pick was the Irish-bred Mourayan who ran a similar race at Sandown the one that had him seeking the winner 300m from the finish at Flemington.
“I was targeted on Mourayan until the 300 (metres) and then Tanby just swept past them,” Williams stated.
Tanby held off the powerful finish of Exceptionally ($ 7.50) who had 1-three/four lengths to spare over 3rd placegetter Precedence ($ 9).
Not like the Melbourne Cup, the finish of the Zipping Classic was all-Australian with each and every of the three placegetters getting bred locally.
The Zipping also brought an finish to a frustrating spring for the runner-up Exceptionally.
After controversially missing a run at Flemington in October because of the firmness of the track, the mare has been placed at her previous two and will also be aimed at the Sydney Cup in the autumn with an additional Melbourne Cup campaign planned up coming spring.