Zipping Classic Sound aims for hat-trick


TRAINER Michael Moroney wants to see Sound complete a Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) hat-trick as a legacy marker for his “old marvel”.

The Sandown Classic was rebadged in 2011 as tribute to Zipping, which owned the weight-for-age Melbourne spring carnival finale from 2007-10.

The only other horse to win the race more than once was The Taj Mahal in 2018 and 2019.

Sound caused a boilover last year to win his second Zipping Classic as a $20 outsider.

Spanish Mission, which placed third in the Melbourne Cup the start prior, could do no better than fourth as a $1.40 shot.

Sound bolted in the 2020 edition as a $5 fancy.

Sound is likely to again be double figures when markets open for the Zipping Classic on Wednesday.

“It would be great for the horse himself (if he could win his third Zipping Classic),” Moroney said.

“He’s such a lovely, lovely horse and it would be good for the owners, they paid a bit of money for him, he’s won it all back and plus but it would be a fitting part of his career to win three.

“If he could do that he would be remembered as one of the better horses that stayed around for a while because it’s a hard race to win three times.”

Sound has won nine of 52 starts and amassed $1.96m in prizemoney.

A top three finish on Saturday would see him break the $2m barrier.

“I think it (form) is as good as it was last year … really it’s only been the last 18-24 months you’d say he’s at his best,” Moroney said.

“He always used to be light framed … but now he really looks to be at full strength, and has the past couple of years, and raced better.”

Group 1 jockey Jamie Mott, who boasts a 23 per cent strike rate (four win) from his past 17 mounts for Moroney, will ride Sound at Caulfield.

The Zipping Classic, like last year, will be Sound’s fifth and final start of the campaign.

Sound will train on to the autumn before a move to the breeding barn.

Moroney has fielded interest from a stud in Argentina but the preference would be for an Australian or New Zealand operation.

“He’s the sort of a horse that could breed a Derby winner,” Moroney said.

“He’s a mile and a half horse (2400m), it’s his right trip … he’s a full brother to a German Derby winner, it’s a really deep family and he’s got some of the best European stout lines in him, it would be disappointing if he doesn’t get to serve some mares.”

Sound has strong opposition to face Saturday, with Melbourne Cup runner Without A Fight, Grand Promenade, Luncies, Great House and Kukeracha among the likely acceptors.

Meanwhile, Moroney will consider the Pakenham Cup (2400m) as an option for Ballarat Cup winner Bankers Choice.

“I’m not saying definite but it’s something I’m considering, see how he is the next two or three days,” Moroney said.

“I think we can find out now (if he runs 2400m) because it makes a difference in the spring whether we aim at a race like the Caulfield Cup.”

Originally published as Trainer Michael Moroney dares to dream of Zipping Classic hat-trick with grand campaigner Sound

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