Coolmore cheer another Zipping Classic

Zipping’s owner Lloyd Williams wasn’t the only one with a vested interest in the gelding’s historic fourth victory in the G2 Sandown Classic on Saturday.

The team from Coolmore Stud were also cheering because they have his half sister by Encosta de Lago catalogued for the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sale.

Zipping (9g Danehill – Social Scene by Grand Lodge) is the first foal of an Irish bred mare who won at Sandown in England before immigrating here in August 1999.  He was bred by Adam Sangster’s Swettenham Stud and has since amassed over $4.53 million from 16 wins and 10 placings in 46 starts.

Apart from the Sandown Classics, Zipping has also won at Group 1 level in the VRC Australian Cup and Turnbull Stakes.  He was an odds-on favourite to capture his fourth Classic on the back of a second in the Cox Plate and a fast-finishing fourth in the Melbourne Cup.

Zipping is from the third-last Australian crop by Coolmore breed shaper Danehill who died in May 2003.  “He is probably not the most talented horse we’ve owned, but he’s certainly the toughest,” Lloyd son’s Nick Williams said.  “He’s just a freak of nature.  There are not many like him.”

Zipping’s half-sister heading to the Magic Millions is a big, strong filly according to Coolmore Stud manager Peter O’Brien.  “She’s a real athlete,” he said.  “She has tons of quality and will be one of the stars from our draft.”

Their dam Social Scene has a two year-old Fastnet Rock filly named Indifferent and her latest foal is a filly by Duke Of Marmalade.