Zipping Maggie, claimed an impressive 41.78 victory in Saturday’s (September 13) Group 3, Chairman’s Cup (720m) at Wentworth Park.


Prepared by Victorian trainer Peter Dapiran for owners Martin and Fiona Hallinan, the daughter of Turanza Bale x Natalie Rass speared the lids to lead all the way and claim a four length victory over Xylia Allen, while Sweet It Is finished in third.


Australia’s leading prizemoney earner, Xylia Allen, didn’t step well, sitting in fourth position early before being able to find space and commence a chase on the early leader Zipping Maggie. Renowned strong finisher, Sweet It Is, was shuffled back to near last out of the boxes, and wasn’t able to get into clear room until passing the 720m boxes in the back straight.


Speaking after the race, trainer Peter Dapiran, thanked the support of his family, including wife Mandy and owners Martin and Fiona Hallinan.


The win puts Zipping Maggie on the map as a serious challenger to the likes of Xylia Allen and Sweet It Is, as Wentworth Park gears up for more staying events in the next two months.


Heats of the Group 2 Bob Payne Spring Sprint (520m) will headline next Saturday’s (September 20) meeting, before the stayers return to centre stage on October 4 with heats of the Group 3, Bohemia Crystal Sydney Cup.