The scratching of She’s Clean from the Group 3 $135,000 Le Pine Funerals Summoned Stakes (1600m) at Caulfield today has left trainer Chris Waller without a runner on Zipping Classic Day.
Waller was forced to scratch She’s Clean on vet’s advice this morning and she will stay at home in her stable with Thubiaan who was withdrawn from the Listed $150,000 Sportingbet Sandown Cup (3200m) yesterday.
She’s Clean had been the early favourite for the Group 3 mares’ race and Waller was giving the five year a good chance of breaking through for her first win this campaign following her third from an outside alley in the Group 3 $200,000 Lavazza Short Black (1400m) at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.
“That was the problem last start. She drew twenty before scratchings and she had to go a long way back, but at least she attacked the line much better, a welcome return to form. On the strength of that she will be hard to beat,” Waller said yesterday on RSN.
The Peter Moody trained Floria is now the $2.80 favourite and has a great chance of recording her first Group win for the leading Melbourne stable after winning at Group 3 level in New Zealand at Trentham in April 2012.
Floria is dropping back from Group 1 company after finishing four and half lengths sixth to Red Tracer in the $500,000 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington two weeks ago.
The Savabeel mare had a tough run after being forced to race wide and jockey Luke Nolen said that she did a good job to finish better than midfield.
“Terrific run, no luck,” Nolen said after the Myer Classic.
The Peter Snowden trained Wistful also comes into contention after scoring a solid win against the mares over 1700m at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.
Wistful is now the second pick at $5.50 with Bonaria and Members Joy sharing the next line of betting at $8.
The Pat Hyland trained Bonaria is also dropping back in class after finishing tenth in the Myer Classic while Member’s Joy will find this tougher than her second in the Subzero Challenge over 1400m at Flemington on Crown Oaks Day.