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