The show’s over for Zipping
Popular galloper Zipping has run his last race.
The Lloyd Williams-owned 10-year-old was the most noticeable absentee from feature races when nominations were released on Tuesday.
The three time placegetter in the Cox Plate, Zipping retires having had 47 starts from which he won 17 times and earned more than $4.5 million in prizemoney.
Zipping’s two Group I wins came in 2010 when an eight and nine-year-old in the Australian Cup and Turnbull Stakes.
“Zipping’s retired,” was how Lloyd Williams broke the news to The Age via a text message from Europe.
It is believed Zipping failed to overcome a hind leg injury he suffered in the lead-up to the Australian Cup in the autumn.
Zipping retires the only horse to have won the Sandown Classic on four occasions and following his win in the 2010 edition of the race the Melbourne Racing Club renamed the event the Zipping Classic.
Zipping was also the last Group I winning son of the great Danehill.
Meanwhile, Williams also confirmed a start is just around the corner for the 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient.
“First-up in September,” Williams said. “He’s good as gold.”