Too Soon: Star Youngsters To Bypass Derby

JASON Magri has elected to bypass Friday night’s Group 1 National Derby heats with powerhouse sprinting brothers Zipping Sultan and Zipping Zeek.

Adam Dobbin

12 January 2020

JASON Magri has elected to bypass Friday night’s Group 1 National Derby heats with powerhouse sprinters Zipping Sultan and Zipping Zeek.

“It’s just too much too soon,” Magri said on Monday of the 22 month old youngsters.

“They’re too young and too inexperienced to be racing dogs like that yet. They’ll have an easy week and then I’ll look to pick off some fifth grade TAB wins and let them find their feet that way. There’s no point pushing them after just a couple of starts.”

The exciting pairing by Zulu Zeus and Crafty Lady tackled Saturday night’s NSW Bred Maiden Final (520m) at Wentworth Park following electrifying debut heat wins, with the race going the way of Zipping Sultan in a flying 29.85, scoring by 10 lengths.

Zipping Zeek finished third while litter-sister Zipping Miranda filled second, delivering the Hallinan-owned and Magri-trained siblings the trifecta.

“They’re just not there yet early but (Zipping) Sultan especially is showing he’s got that mongrel in him to drive through the pack,” Magri explained.

“With more racing and experience I’m hoping they can improve that bit early which you need to in the better races.”

Friday night’s National Derby heats at Wentworth Park are shaping up as absolute bottlers.

On the weekend, David Burnett’s star duo Simon Told Helen and Who Told Stevie were hugely impressive in trials at their Sydney debut, running 29.88 and 29.83 respectively, while fellow Victorian Hard Style Rico recorded 29.84 for caretaker trainer Jason Mackay.

On Sunday at Sandown, Aston Wizard, recent runner-up to Simon Told Helen in the Group 1 Silver Chief, posted sizzling time in a handslip, declaring the Glenn Rounds-trained son of Fabregas spot on for Friday night’s group 1 heats.

With connections of a raft of other top juveniles readying for tilt at the $75,000 to-the-winner series, everything points towards a cracking night of racing this Friday.