A big race breakthrough has eluded consistent German import Sound since arriving in Australia but trainer Michael Moroney believes that drought can end in Saturday’s Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Sandown.
Sound has featured in two Caulfield and Melbourne Cups and is a multiple placegettter in stakes races but is yet to taste success in 18 Australian starts since October, 2018.
The son of Londo has been close to the mark throughout this spring with three seconds in five runs including twice in Melbourne Cup qualifiers, the Group 3 Bart Cummings and Group 3 Lexus Hotham Stakes.
Trainer Michael Moroney has Sound in the Zipping Classic. Photo: AAP Image/James RossSource:AAP
The narrow second in the Hotham meant there would be no third Melbourne Cup tilt in 2020 but Moroney is keen to chase a consolation prize in the Zipping Classic.
“He hasn’t had one (a win) in Australia but he deserves to win one the way he has been racing,” Moroney said.
“It hasn’t happened for him yet but he’s still won $800,000 since he has been here so he’s certainly performed well.
“He looks to be a good chance again on Saturday.”
Moroney’s bid to have Sound line up in a third Melbourne Cup fell narrowly short in the Hotham when his eight-year-old was run down late by fellow German Ashrun in the Hotham.
The strong display did little to dent the confidence of Moroney in his gutsy stayer.
“It was a really good performance the other day in the Hotham and I’ve been happy with him since,” Moroney said.
“He had a quiet gallop on Saturday and will do a bit on Tuesday.
“We’ve just had to keep him ticking over.”
Shelby Cobra won the The Amanda Elliott at Flemington. Photo: Scott Barbour/Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Meanwhile, Moroney has elected not to back up promising three-year-old Shelby Cobra in Saturday’s $250,000 Group 2 Sandown Guineas.
Shelby Cobra was outstanding when winning the Listed The Amanda Elliot at Flemington on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival last weekend.
Moroney will now look towards the $175,000 VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade (1400m) at Ballarat the following week.
“He is a not a stallion and that race is a lot of money so we will head to Ballarat and then he can head to the paddock after that,” Moroney said.
Originally published asMoroney out to make big Sound in Zipping Classic
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