Jake Collins believes that a look at the track before the heats was the key to Zipping Captain’s success in Wednesday night’s heats of the Group Two Warrnambool Cup.
Zipping Captain ran second to Horsham Cup winner Jimmy Newob who recorded the fastest heat win in 24.872sec. Zipping Captain stopped the clock in 24.995sec, the fourth fastest qualifying time.
“He did everything we could have asked for. It was pretty tight early on, Jimmy Newob got the nice run around – he is a classy dog and is always going to be a hard one to catch running those times,” Jake Collins said.
“We gave him a look the week before just so he knew exactly where he was going. He showed a bit of class and experience from an inexperienced dog.”
WATCH: Jimmy Newob (box seven) and Zipping Captain (box four) win heat six of the Warrnambool Cup.
Zipping Captain, who is trained by Jakes father Steve, heads into the $67,000 Warrnambool Cup as the least experience in the field having had just 19 starts (eight wins and seven minor placings).
“We knew he had the ability. From a young pup he showed pretty much what he has got which is why we put him in. He is pretty quick and he can stick with most of the dogs if he can get a clear run,” Collins said.
An injury to his monkey muscle sustained in the heats of the Silver Chief at The Meadows kept him on the sidelines for around two months, but Collins believes Zipping Captain has come back better then ever having only run unplace twice since his return.
The son of Fernando Bale and Zipping Jewel, who was bred and owned by NSW Martin Hallinan has drawn box seven in Wednesday nights Group Two Warrnambool Cup.
“We were hoping for an inside drawn because there is a lot of pace in the race but he isn’t too bad from box seven,” Jake Collins said.
“The pink, Zoom Out also has a lot of pace. Hopefully she pings the lids and he can follow her around.”
“It is a cracking field, probably one of the best fields you would see in a Country Cup final but we have made and hopefully a bit of luck goes our way.”