Hallinan Declares Kansas His Best Yet

THE sport's newest superstar Zipping Kansas is creating his own Winx-like aura of invincibility ahead of Saturday's Association Cup heats at Wenty.

Adam Dobbin

31 March 2022

GREYHOUND racing’s newest superstar Zipping Kansas is creating his own Winx-like aura of invincibility ahead of Saturday night’s Group 1 Association Cup (720m) heats at Wentworth Park.

While still in the infancy of his career, the freakishly-talented stayer’s recent record breaking exploits has kept his opposition away in droves, with just 14 greyhounds set to line-up in the heats of the $100,000 staying feature.

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For breeder-owner Martin Hallinan and trainer Jason Magri, the emergence of Zipping Kansas as a staying force has been a long time in the making following his emphatic Bulli debut last April.

“He’s the best stayer I’ve had without question – and I’ve had some good ones,” Hallinan, who presides over a breeding empire in the central west of NSW, stated.

And that he has boasting stayers the ilk of Association Cup winners Many Tricks, Mantra Lad and NSW Greyhound of the Year Zipping Lad among his array of staying stars.

“As good as they all were, they weren’t capable of doing the things Zipping Kansas can do,” he said.

“They were great stayers but this dog has gears like I’ve never seen.

“He’s as powerful at the start as he is at the finish and is as clean-winded an animal as you’d find. He is the complete package.

“When you do what we do here day in and day out, having one to look forward to like Kansas does make it easier to get up in the morning.”

The appearance of Zipping Kansas at Wentworth Park on Saturday night highlights a card of racing that includes four semi-finals of the Group 1 Golden Easter Egg.

Winner at 14 of his 22 appearances, Zipping Kansas has won past four starts, his most recent a track record breaking obliteration over the 590m at Bulli.

“And he didn’t just break it, he destroyed it,” Hallinan said of the 15-3/4 length drubbing.

“His start before he went within two lengths of the Sandown record despite having never been at the track.

“When you’ve been doing this as long as I have you try not to get too ahead of yourself but I’ll tell you this fella is making it very hard. There’s not a staying race or track record out of his reach.”

At his only Wentworth Park 720 metre appearance, Zipping Kansas thumped his rivals by an ever-extending 13-1/2 lengths in 41.57, the fastest time recorded by a staying debutant.

Ironically, the track record stands at 41.38 with former champion stayer Tornado Tears, a time the multiple Group 1 winner recorded when winning a heat of the Association Cup in 2019.

“If the track is in a condition conducive to fast times I’ve got no doubt he can break the record in the series,” Hallinan said.

“We were lucky enough to win the Golden Easter Egg a couple of years back with Zipping Bailey and that was a memorable night but there is just something about watching Zipping Kansas in full stretch that puts a spring in your step.

“It’s only early but he reminds me of (Hall of Famer) Miata.

“She could run record times over 500 and reproduced it on the big stage over 700 as well.

“If everything goes to plan we’re set for a big year. He’s one heck of a sight in full flight.”