Magri Duo In Race Against Time For Vic Peters

JASON Magri concedes he’s in a race against time to have Zipping Conway and Zipping Kansas fit and ready for the heats of the Vic Peters Classic.

Adam Dobbin

20 September 2021

TRAINER Jason Magri concedes he’s in a race against time to have Zipping Conway and Zipping Kansas fit and ready for the heats of the Group 1 Vic Peters Classic (520m).

The boom brothers by Superior Panama haven’t raced since August 4 when contesting separate events at Bulli.

Zipping Kansas extended his career record to six wins from nine starts with a dazzling 26.00 victory over 472 metres while Zipping Conway finished a fast-closing third over an unsuitable 400 metres.

Since those performances Magri has been grappling with separate issues with the immensely talented pairing which has left a question mark over their appearance in the Group 1 heats at Wentworth Park on Saturday, October 9.

“Zipping Conway is very touch and go – more unlikely than likely,” Magri said.

“He’s hurt a fibula which I’ve been working on and I’ll know more about where we are at with him after he goes to the vet later in the week.

“But I’d say he’s doubtful. It’s going to be hard to get enough work into him I’d say.”

While Magri is pessimistic about Zipping Conway taking his place in the $75,000-to-the-winner series, he’s more optimistic about Zipping Kansas, the powerhouse chaser already boasting a sizzling 29.69 in winning at the Glebe circuit.

“He cut his leg open here at home which we’ve been nursing along,” Magri said.

“It is superficial but enough to keep him away from the races. I’m more confident about Zipping Kansas taking his place. But if he does I’d say we’ll go first up into the heats with him.”

Magri will also be represented in the Vic Peters Classic heats by Where’s Rocky which scored at Dapto last Thursday night in a slick 29.83.

Where’s Rocky, a son of underrated sire Over Limit, has won eight of his 13 starts, including three at Wentworth Park.

The victory by Where’s Rocky kick-started a successful 72 hours for Magri who also guided Zipping Demand to victory at Richmond on Friday before Zipping Ventura and Zipping Niseko both scored at Dapto on Saturday night.

“It was about time we won a few races,” Magri said tongue in cheek.

“Things were pretty quiet there for a while and my mates weren’t shy in reminding me. But that’s how it goes sometimes.

“Where’s Rocky has definitely earned a shot at the Vic Peters. He’s a great little chaser, gives his all every start and has already run time at Wentworth Park.”

Magri also has Zipping Niseko on track for the heats of the Group 2 Sydney Cup at Wentworth Park on October 6.

Winner of the Group 3 Gold Cup (720m) in May, the daughter of Aston Dee Bee returned from a fantastic Brisbane winter campaign with a slick 29.82 Dapto win on Saturday night.