Mackay's 'Black Magic' Maiden Show

ZIPPING Veyron created a huge impression at Ladbrokes Gardens on Friday afternoon going within a whisker of the 400m track record at her racetrack debut.

Adam Dobbin

10 September 2019

PUNTERS and bookmakers were well warned.

If pedigree was not enough, stunning performance trials by siblings Zipping Houdini (Black Magic Opal – Zipping Willow) and Zipping Veyron at Ladbrokes Gardens on August 31 sounded clear warnings.

As a long odds on elect, Zipping Veyron recorded a stunning racetrack debut at The Gardens on Friday afternoon, scorching over the 400 metres in a near record 22.35 seconds for trainer Jason Mackay.

Only 24 hours earlier, Zipping Houdini overcame just a moderate getaway from box two to score with ease on debut in 22.54 at Maitland over 400 metres.

The two highly touted youngsters have been burning up the tracks right from break-in, and made immediate impressions in the trial outings with Zipping Veyron posting 22.51 while Zipping Houdini registered 22.74.

On Friday, Zipping Veyron powered away to score by nine lengths in the opening event of the program, going ever so close to Hunter Hummer’s five year-old track record of 22.32.

“They’ve both got big futures but I’ll still say he’s (Zipping Houdini) better than her (Zipping Veyron),” Mackay said.

“Eight weeks of pre-training told me he had about a tenth on her but I reckon the bitch is more there mentally than he is at the moment … give Zipping Houdini 15 starts to mature and you’ll see a whole new dog. He’s still learning what it’s all about.”

A month ago, Mackay gave the two hugely promising pups a 280-metre hit-out at Wentworth Park to get a truer guide.

“I’m happy usually if they run around 16.40 their first go… (Zipping) Houdini went 16.02 and (Zipping) Veyron 16.13,” Mackay said.

“The week of the Black Top heats I gave Zipping Veyron a post-to-post at The Gardens the same morning as Aston Duke … she went four lengths quicker than him (Aston Duke) and he came out and ran 29.37 on the Friday. I’m not mucking around on bend starts again with her, she’ll be in a 515 this week, her run home time on Friday was sensational.”

The arrival of the exciting siblings continues Zipping Willow’s exceptional work as a matron, boasting Group 1 Golden Easter Egg winner Zipping Bailey and Group 1 Megastar heroine Zipping Tayla among her progeny.

In all, her three litters to race from Turanza Bale, Barcia Bale and now Black Magic Opal have netted 114 wins from the 484 starts, prize money in excess of $700,000.

“Willow has another ‘litter’ here at home,” owner-breeder Martin Hallinan beamed.

“She had one puppy [a bitch] by My Redeemer in April and, while she’s a cracker, there never is much confidence that one pup can live up to the expectation that you have for a normal-sized litter.

“We had no other babies at that point so I purchased four pups out of Sherbini [by Ritza Lenny] which are about the same age and they’re being reared together with Willow.

“She’s a lovely old girl and she treats the Sherbini pups as though they are her own.

“We rarely buy pups but this was for the right reason and I know Sherbini had immense talent and rare stamina.

“Sherbini’s female family is outstanding – her half sister Jingjing is the dam of Tennessee Tiger (29.58s at Wentworth Park), Ritza Vonnie (10 wins from 20 starts incl 30.37s at Richmond) and Shanjo Prince (Richmond 30.58s) and Ritza Babe a smart Goulburn winner on Thursday in 24.93 secs over 440m.

“I’d love to have another litter with Willow – possibly with Zipping Garth!”

Meanwhile, Jason Mackay unearthed another exciting type at Ladbrokes Gardens on Friday with Aston Sapporo registering a sizzling 22.44 secs performance trial effort.