• Friday, 18 Aug, 2023,
  • by Gerard Guthrie

Orlando to ‘bloom’ at The Meadows

Legendary NSW trainer John Finn will be chasing travelling expenses when arguably Australia’s most versatile greyhound, Zipping Orlando, and litter sister Zipping Sabrina line up at The Meadows on Saturday night.

The main purpose of Finn’s wife Minnie making the long drive is to trial exciting young stayer Zipping Vanessa in preparation for the Group 1 National Distance Championship, to be held at same venue next Saturday (August 26).

Zipping Orlando and Zipping Sabrina are coming along on the road trip, with both engaged in race 3, a 600m Grade 5 event at 7.17pm.

G1-winning stayer Zipping Orlando (box 4) is Sportsbet’s $2.15 favourite, with Zipping Sabrina (box 8) also very much in commission at $5.

WATCH: ZIPPING ORLANDO (B1) underlined his versatility when claiming a thrilling victory in a NSW heat of the National Sprint Championship, clocking a scorching 29.52sec.

Zipping Orlando, winner of 18 of his 37 starts, from 440m to 720m, was the fastest qualifier for the NSW final of the National Sprint Championship after a scorching 29.52sec heat success but was brought undone by box eight in the final.

Showcasing his versatility, the son of Zipping Garth and Zipping Dharma has won the G1 Association Cup (720m) at Wentworth Park and ‘The 715’ at The Gardens, ran third in the G1 Sandown Cup (715m), as well as winning the G3 Carnival Chase over 600m at Albion Park.

“Zipping Orlando is our best chance for sure, but Zipping Sabrina goes alright too, and she’s not badly boxed out there.”

“I think he’s better suited at 600m than 500m,” said Minnie Finn.

“He hasn’t been to The Meadows before, but I don’t think it will worry him too much.

“Only having six dogs in the race should suit him too.

“Zipping Orlando is a faster dog than Zipping Sabrina and he’d be our best chance for sure, but she goes alright too, and she’s not badly boxed out there.”

Finn is also optimistic Zipping Vanessa, currently a $12 chance for the National Distance Championship prior to Monday’s box draw, can make her presence felt next weekend.

“She’s always been very fast, it’s just her box manners,” she offered.

“You can’t come out four or five lengths behind good dogs. But when she puts her head down and comes out she can be competitive in anything.

Palawa King and Zoha Bale will be hard to beat, but if she can run a place we’d be rapt.”


Gerard GuthrieGerard Guthrie

Gerard Guthrie

One of Australia’s leading greyhound racing journalists since 2000 with the Greyhound Recorder and now with Greyhound Racing Victoria. Part-owner 2013 Group 1 Paws Of Thunder winner Sheikha. (The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of GRV)

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