Magri: Gold Cup To Go Down To The Wire

TRAINER Jason Magri believes the final 50 metres will decide next Sunday night's $40,000-to-the-winner Group 2 Bulli Gold Cup (472m) final.

David Brasch

18 February 2022

JASON Magri believes the final 50 metres will decide Sunday night’s Group 2 Bulli Gold Cup (472m) final.

Magri has fastest heat winner Zipping Conway (Superior Panama-Zipping Katelyn) drawn in box three in the $40,000-to-the-winner final.

On Saturday night at Wentworth Park, Zipping Kansas, also trained by Magri, made his 720 metre debut when recording a mind-blowing 41.57.

“It’s a great field and the box draw has set it up to be a fantastic final,” said Magri.

“Zipping Conway just loves Bulli. He’s had five starts there for four wins and a second.

“But, he will need to come out in the final to get his chance. The three is not a bad draw for him.”

But Magri believes both Poppy Jack and On The Rocks are likely to be up vying for the early lead in the Cup.

“Those two dogs have a length on him early, but if he can get a sit in behind them, the final 50 metres of the Cup will see the race change.”

Zipping Conway, winner of nine of his 17 starts and $39,000 in stakes, ran 25.97 to win his Cup heat on Sunday beating Castle Warrior and Ziggy Star.

Group star Wow went 29.99 to win his heat over On The Rocks and Tachycardic for his 30th win in 52 starts to take his stakes earnings to $373,000.

Mark Davidson’s star Mickey Doo ran 26.11 to beat Poppy Jack and Crowdza Dazzled in the other heat. He has now won 12 of 18 starts and earned $43,000.

Like everyone in greyhound racing, Magri has high highest respect for superstar Wow.

“He’s drawn the seven and that really suits him,” said Jason.

“He’s a great dog. And Mickey Doo out in the eight is well placed.”

Magri finds Zipping Conway an enigma.

“He absolutely loves one-turn tracks,” he said. “But, I’ve taken him to Wentworth Park and he trials really well, but just doesn’t seem to get around there in a race.

“He’s won there in 29.73 as a pup and has won three races there, but he goes much better on the one-turn tracks.”

Plans for Zipping Conway include a tilt at the up-coming Maitland Gold Cup within the next month.

Bulli Gold Cup (in box draw order): 1 Tachycardic, 2 Poppy Jack, 3 Zipping Conway, 4 Castle Warrior, 5 Ziggy Star, 6 On The Rocks, 7 Wow, 8 Mickey Doo. Res: 9 Crowdza Dazzled, 10 Fernando Hunter.