Zipping showed promise from the very beginning, winning his maiden in his first race as a two-year-old over 1300 metres at the Gold Coast in July 2004. As a four-year-old, Zipping won six races in a row including the 1800m Listed Hong Kong Jockey Club Plate at Flemington.
His durability and longevity was something rarely seen, demonstrated by him winning his first Sandown Classics as a six-year-old and the last as a nine-year-old. He also won his two Group 1s in 2010 – the Australian Cup as an eight-year-old in the autumn and the Turnbull Stakes as a nine-year-old in the spring.
Between 2006 and 2010 he was a competitor in all the big races, and was certainly consistent. He ran in the Cox Plate four times, placing eighth (2007), second (2008), third (2009) and second (2010). He also had four tries at the Melbourne Cup where he came fourth on three occasions. And after each running in the Melbourne Cup he won a Sandown Classic.
Such was the mark he made on the Group 2 Sandown Classic that the 2400m race was renamed the Zipping Classic in 2011 in honour of the warrior horse’s four consecutive wins.
He initially retired to owner Lloyd Williams’ (who described the horse as his friend) Macedon Lodge in 2011, but has since moved to Living Legends where he lives a happy life with his friend, Efficient.
Sire: Danehill (USA)
Dam: Social Scene (IRE)
Dam Sire: Grand Lodge (USA)
Trainer: Graeme Rogerson (Sep-2007 to Nov-2007), John Sadler (Nov-2007 to Nov-2009), Robert Hickmott (Nov-2009 to retirement)
Owners: Mr L J Williams, Mrs S J Williams
More information and stats on Zipping here.