Re­vived sprinter re­turn­ing

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Cameron New­bold

Tal­ented sprinter Zi­pabout will make an un­ex­pected re­turn to rac­ing nearly 18 months since his last start, when the Great South­ern rac­ing sea­son kicks off at Mt Barker Turf Club on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

For­merly trained by Peter Western, Zi­pabout will step out for new trainer Rebecca Wall­rodt against a small field in the Tabtouch And Perth Rac­ing Hand­i­cap (1000m), his first of­fi­cial race since run­ning ninth in Al­bany back on April 9, 2016.

Zi­pabout, now a nine-year-old, has won six of his 23 ca­reer starts and will jump from bar­rier four with 55.5kg on his back for ap­pren­tice jockey An­drew Cas­tle.

Wall­rodt was de­lighted to have the classy sprinter back at the track and said she had no ex­pec­ta­tions for his rac­ing re­turn.

“We brought him back in. He’d had 18 months off and we’d pretty much re­tired him,” she said.

“We will see what hap­pens. There is no real ex­pec­ta­tions; it’s just nice to have him there.

“He has a tonne of abil­ity and is go­ing nicely but the 1000 me­tres is a bit short for him and he’s a bit fat, so it’s sort of an­other trial.”

Wall­rodt will also sad­dle up debu­tant Scan­dalily in the Plan­ta­genet Con­crete Maiden (1000m) and Our Buddy Boy in The Gro­cery Store Hand­i­cap (1100m) at the open­ing meet­ing.

Scan­dalily will be rid­den by Ja­son Whit­ing from gate five after win­ning a 1000m bar­rier trial in Al­bany over re­cent As­cot win­ner and WA Guineas con­tender Three Secrets.

The fea­ture race of the open­ing meet­ing will be the $14,000 Michelle Harry Ivy and Ross Par­sons Me­mo­rial Hand­i­cap (1300m), which has at­tracted a field of 11, in­clud­ing ex-Vic­to­ria gal­loper Mr Pago and ris­ing fouryear-old Sond­heim.

The seven-race card will start at 1.55pm and fin­ish at 5.35pm.

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