Owner Lloyd Williams won Sandown’s premier weight-for-age race for the sixth time in ten years after Tanby won today’s $350,000 Group 2 Deadly Design Zipping Classic (2400m) at Sandown Hillside.
Formerly known as the Sandown Classic but renamed last year in honour of the Williams-owned four-time winner of the race, Tanby carried Williams’s familiar navy and white silks with distinction.
Tanby ($8-$9-$7.50) defeated Exceptionally ($6-$7.50) by three-quarters of a length with Precedence ($7-$9) a further 1¾ lengths away in third.
“Nick gave him a great ride,” Lloyd son, Nick Williams, said before admitting he was watching Mourayan mostly in the run, believing the race favourite was a better winning chance for the stable.
“He’s a nice horse. We were keen to get him into the Melbourne Cup this year, we thought that if he was able to get a run with 53kg or something he’d have a chance.”
Nick Hall has now won the race twice after steering Zipping to his famous fourth consecutive win in 2010.
“Lloyd said to be he had this horse very well,” Hall said.
“He was having his third run in three weeks and he seems to cope with plenty of racing.
“It was all about getting him settled early and once he was settled I knew he was a strong chance.”
To read what the jockeys said following the Zipping Classic, click here.