The increased prize money awarded to the winner of the Zipping Classic on Saturday helped convince the connections of Melbourne Cup placer Spanish Mission to compete in the final main race of the Spring Carnival.
The horse landed in the hands of Caulfield Cup winning coach Peter Moody a fortnight ago after Tony Noonan prepared the six-year-old for the Melbourne Cup for English coach Andrew Balding.
Spanish Mission lived up to its reputation before the race and took a strong third place behind the winning mare Verry Elleegant and the show jumping star Incentivise that Moody trains.
After earning $ 550,000 for third place in the Melbourne Cup, he’s the main attraction of the revamped Caulfield meeting, with the prize pool for the 2,400-yard group two Zipping Classic from $ 250,000 in 2020 to $ 750,000 Dollar tripled in 2021 was $ 450,000.
However, Moody made no promises about the horse’s performance and admitted that he remained an unknown quantity to him.
“We’ve had him for two weeks,” said Moody.
“He did well. We threw it into the Zipping Classic and we keep our fingers crossed for it that it runs well. “
The race has been moved to Caulfield for 2021 to take advantage of the relatively free sports calendar at that time of year.
The race, which was the Sandown Cup, and then the Sandown Classic before becoming the Zipping Classic after the Stayer won the race four times in a row from 2007 to 2010, was played in Sandown on the Saturday after Melbourne Cup week .