Precedence Tries To Zip Up Another Cummings Win

Image courtesy of Ludbey/Herald Sun
Precedence has won two Group races this spring. Image courtesy of Ludbey/Herald Sun

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When Zipping last won the race now named after him in 2010 he had to overcome just four other horses as he collected a fourth straight Sandown Classic. Thankfully, ten runners are set to line up in this year’s renewal of the race, including Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Moonee Valley Cup winner Precedence .

The Bart and James Cummings-trained galloper will benefit from a two-and-a-half kilo swing on main rival Sertorious , who he pipped by a nose in the Q.E. Stakes over 2600 metres on Saturday. The Zabeel gelding will carry an extra kilo under weight-for-age conditions on Saturday, but Bendigo Cup winner Sertorius will lump an added three-and-a-half kilos around Caulfield.

Craig Williams has been aboard Precedence for its last two wins and gets the ride again in the Classic. Nick Hall has won this race in two of the past three years for Lloyd Williams with Zipping in 2010 and Tanby last year but he’ll be missing on Saturday after copping a 12-meet suspension for careless riding on Member’s Joy in Thursday’s Subzero Challenge.

Precedence has been kept fresh this campaign and this is the first time the eight-year-old will race on a short back-up since 2012 Melbourne Cup when he finished a credible ninth. Sertorius will start from the inside gate with Precedence not far away in barrier four. The other main hope, Queenstown , will start from wider out in eight and comes in to this on the back of a second-placing in the Group 2 Momentum Energy Stakes over 2000 metres last weekend.

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