Australian Racing: Warning back in top form for Zipping

26 November 2021 15:02:45 CET
Damien Oliver is on board Warning for the Zipping Classic

Warning has rediscovered his mojo this season and will attempt to earn a third win on the bounce when he takes his place in the Zipping Classic over a mile and a half at Caulfield on Saturday.

Anthony and Sam Freedman prepared the stamina-laden five-year-old to win the St Leger Stakes last month as well as the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes last time out, and those efforts see him rated as a 4/1 chance.

Spanish Mission the one to beat

The father and son training partnership are hopeful that the 2019 Victoria Derby winner's fine form will see him upset the hot 2/5 Melbourne Cup-third Spanish Mission, with the race available on bet365's Sports Live Streaming area.

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A good deal of rainfall would have been beneficial to Warning's chances but the track conditions should still be ok with Caulfield track manager Jason Kerr applying 10 millimetres of irrigation on both Thursday and Friday.

"The horse is absolutely flying at the moment and I'm sure he'll run a big race," Sam Freedman said.

"His action is back to what it was as a three-year-old and that's probably the main thing that has caused him to mix his form a little bit."

Sixth win in the offing?

The son of Declaration Of War will be having his 26th start, having so far provided his connections with five wins and almost $2.25 million in prize-money.

With regular jockey Nash Rawiller unable to ride the gelding, Damien Oliver will take over the steering and Freedman expects Warning to be ridden up with the pace.

He added: "A lot of his best performances have been when he's been able to get up there on the speed and show what a true stayer he is."

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