Group 1 Sapphire Crown a potential target for Zipping Lilly

LEADING NSW conditioner Jason Mackay has revealed the Group 1 Sapphire Crown (515m) could be the next target for his promising bitch Zipping Lilly which scored a sensational victory in the Group 3 Ladies Bracelet (520m) at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

Sent to the boxes at $7 in a wide open race, the black bitch was fair to begin from box seven but was able to work her way into a nice spot behind the leaders Too Many Daddys (box two) and Good Odds Angel (box three) in the early stages before unleashing a powerful finishing burst to claim the lead in the run to the line. The daughter of Don’t Knocka Him and Tricky Gypsy stopped the clock in 30.08, bringing up her fifth career win at start 15.

Mackay said while his bitch was one of the most inexperienced in the field, he knew she had the ability to feature.

“Realistically she is probably a little bit young to be in these types of races, but she looks like she has the ability and she is learning all the time,” Mackay told Australian Racing Greyhound.

“She was always going to be a chance, but she is one of those bitches who doesn’t get a lot of luck in her races due to her slow beginnings.

“With that being said she has begun quite nice at her last two starts so hopefully she is starting to figure all that out.

“If she can keep that up she is going to be putting herself in the good positions instead of a lot of bad positions.”

The winner’s cheque took Zipping Lilly’s career earnings to $41,135, with Mackay confident the bonny bitch has a very bright future.

“She has had 15 starts now and she is coming along very nice.

“She has got her share of ability, thats for sure, so we are just hoping that in the next six months she can put a couple of these type of races together because she is the type of dog which has a lot of good habits, one of which is that she is a very good chaser.”

It was the second Ladies Bracelet win within the last three years for Mackay, who also won the event in 2014 with former top sprinter Zipping Willow.

Mackay was quick to give a lot of the credit back to the owners of both bitches, Marty and Fiona Hallinan, who bred the pair as well as reared and educated them at their Clergate property.

“The Hallinans are a brilliant family and this bitch is a credit to them and how they present their dogs – their rearing is second to none and they just keep producing,” Mackay said.

“The thing is too they don’t just produce these dogs every now and again, they do it all the time so full credit to them and what they do.”

And while her future appears bright, Zipping Lilly is not the only exciting racer from her litter. Her brother, Zipping Bruiser, has won seven from 14 and is currently on the way back from injury, while a couple of others are expected to make names for themselves too.

“Zipping Bruiser had a little bit of bruising in the back muscle but it is only minor so he should be back real soon and a couple of others in the litter are coming along well too.

“Zipping Billy is on the way back from a hock problem and one of the sisters, Zipping Marlisa, ran 29.95 in a performance trial at Maitland so she is just about to hit the tracks too.”

As for Lilly, Mackay said he is not certain of what lies next, but said a tilt at the Group 1 Sapphire Crown at Sandown Park was a definite possibility.

“I am not 100 per cent certain but she could be in at Sandown on Thursday night for the heats of the Sapphire Crown.

“She would be going in without a look, but the series just crept up on us a little bit.

“Luckily she is a bitch who doesn’t tend to find much on her trials – she goes very good first up at each track and I think the different boxes with the height of the grill on the lids might suit her as well.

“It would be a rise in class again, but she has taken all the necessary steps so far in her career so we will see what happens.”

Watch Zipping Lilly (7) take out the Group 3 Ladies Bracelet.