Geld­ing zips home to se­cure Dalby Cup

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HORSE RAC­ING: Trainer Matt Kropp col­lected his fourth Dalby Cup vic­tory when Zip To The Moon added to his for­mer home-track fea­ture tally at Bunya Park.

With the aid of a sweet ride from ap­pren­tice Han­nah Phillips Zip To The Moon ($3 fav) made a wel­come re­turn to the win­ner’s list with a length vic­tory in the Dalby Diehards & Wheat­men 2017 Pre­miers Dalby Cup (1400m).

Toowoomba geld­ing Just As Loyal ($4.60) ran on solidly for sec­ond with Run Louie Run ($4.40) a fur­ther two lengths back third.

Kropp had pre­vi­ously won the cup with Un­cle Jan, Mod­ern Al and Billy Goat.

He’ll now be on the look­out for a suit­able city as­sign­ment down the track for Zip To The Moon fol­low­ing the six-year-old’s sixth vic­tory and his first since scor­ing at the Gold Coast in Jan­uary.

“I think 1400 me­tres is prob­a­bly as far as he wants but he got a beau­ti­ful run to­day and Han­nah did a great job on him and with the help of a 3kg claim,” Kropp said.

“My sta­ble fore­man Mitch has got a big in­ter­est in the horse and it’s a good fam­ily re­sult. We’re stoked.

“We haven’t given up on maybe get­ting a city win out of him. I don’t think a no-metro-win race is be­yond him.

“If we can find the right race some­where along the way for him we’d like to give him an­other try in town.”

Satur­day’s co-fea­ture Er­gon En­ergy Plough Inn Weight-For-Age Maiden Cup (1400m) was won by Magic Kitty ($2.80) for premier Clif­ford Park trainer Ben Cur­rie.

Magic Kitty scored by a half-length for jockey Nozi Tomizawa from Who Am I ($5.50) with A Bear In There ($16) 41/2 lengths back third.

Tomizawa was also in­volved in a dead-heat for first aboard the Michael Nolan-trained Ma­harni ($2.60) in the Kev Schreck Me­mo­rial QTIS Three-Year-Old Bench­mark 60 Hand­i­cap (1200m).

Ma­harni shared the hon­ours with $2.10 favourite Stella’s Dream (Re­becca Golds­bury) from the Tom Dougall sta­ble.

The day’s rid­ing hon­ours were taken out by ap­pren­tice Han­nah English who scored on the Jason Noud-trained Prospect­ing ($4.20) and Klam­mer ($3.50).

Klam­mer kept his un­beaten Bunya Park record in­tact for Nanango trainer Glenn Richard­son with a half-length win over Squeemi ($9.50) in the Dalby Ma­chin­ery Cen­tre Open Hand­i­cap (1000m).

It was the six-year-old’s third Dalby suc­cess.

PHOTO: PAUL DON­ALD­SON BUN060517HRSE4

VIC­TORY: Ap­pren­tice Han­nah Phillips was suc­cess­ful aboard Zip To The Moon in the Dalby Cup at Bunya Park.

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