by Liz Whelan
Husband-wife training combination Mark and Lisa Delbridge have five key contenders at The Meadows tonight.
Their evening kicks off in Race 3, where Winlock Thor has come up with Box 6. He put in an eye-catching run at Sandown last week, when he got a long way back and worked home well for third in 29.84.
“Box 6 is probably not that good for him, but if gets into a nice position early, he’s a chance. He does need the rails, though,” says Mark Delbridge.
In Race 4, Zipping Walter will jump from Box 6. He had support at The Meadows on Wednesday, when he landed on the early pace and chased home Barooga Dodge.
“He’s only had a couple of goes over 500m, and still has to learn to run it out properly.
“He was never going to run down Barooga Dodge once he led. He needs a few more 500m races, and is probably a place chance on Saturday.”
Zipping Imogen will don the red rug in Race 6. The super consistent daughter of Fabregas and Zipping Summah rarely finishes out of the money, and is generally a quick beginner.
“Hopefully she finds the front. She led everywhere but on the line at Cranbourne, and 520m at Cranbourne is a bit like running 600m, and she’s not really a 600m bitch. The only issue will be if Tinker Craig finds the front!”
Rilynn Bale has won four of her past five races, including a 30.30 victory at The Meadows earlier in the month. She’ll jump from Box 3 in Race 8, and is expected to ping straight to the lead.
“I expect her to lead. She’s only had a couple of 500m runs, but she improved in her second run at The Meadows. She’s getting stronger.
“She’s probably my best of the night. I think she’ll definitely be out in front, and then they’ve got to catch her.”
The Delbridges’ night concludes in Race 9, where Zipping Rambo will jump from Box 8. He got back to last early here last start, and hit the line well for second in 30.40.
“He’s got a good motor. That was only his first start at The Meadows last week, and he found a lot of trouble, so I expect a lot of improvement this week,” says Delbridge.
“I’m not 100 percent sure what he’s like out of Box 8; I’ve only had three starts with him so far, and he’ll probably be a really good dog in a couple of months’ time.”