Jockey Brad Rawiller is expecting English import Tall Ship to relish the step up in distance to the 2400m of the Group 2 $300,000 Quayclean Zipping Classic at Sandown on Saturday.
Tall Ship is the sole Zipping Classic representative of Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir after the pre post favourite Dandino was withdrawn after suffering a reoccurrence of a suspensory ligament injury.
Rawiller has been aboard Tall Ship at his last three starts and said that you should forget his latest effort when eighth to Awesome Rock in Listed $150,000 James Boag’s Symphony Stakes (1800m) at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.
But he said that his previous run when fourth to Turn Me Loose in the Listed $150,000 Darley Seymour Cup (1600m) at Seymour on October 18 was very good.
“His run in the Seymour Cup was outstanding, given the mile was always going to be a bit short and it was a super effort last start,” Rawiller told the Sportsman.
“Now that he is up to his right trip it is a different race altogether because he makes his own luck.”
“He’s a ripping horse, he showed that last prep, and he has been warming up perfectly.”
Rawiller partly blames himself for Tall Ship’s unplaced effort last start admitting that he made the wrong choice in the early stages of the race.
“The other day I made a blue in the first fifty metres, I thought I could get onto the back of Malice and as I went to do that Craig Williams checked his horse and we checked for the next furlong,” Rawiller said.
“They walked and we needed someone to make a move and no one did. He should have finished a lot closer than he did.”
“I thought he could have run third, he was always going to step up in trip next time so it probably wasn’t the day to try and take a spot because he can get pulling.”
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Following the scratching of Dandino, the betting for the Zipping Classic at Ladbrokes.com.au has become very congested with Tall Ship on the second line of betting at $3.70 behind the David Hayes and Tom Dabernig trained Rising Romance at $2.90.
Who Shot Thebarman from the Chris Waller stable is next in the betting at $3.80 ahead of Kirramosa at $7, Sertorius at $15, Don Doremo at $26 and Do You Remember is the outsider of the field at $41.