Maserati Masterclass In Group 3 Brother Fox

JASON Mackay is as excited about a series of trials on Tuesday as he was about winning the Brother Fox on Saturday night with Zipping Maserati.

David Brasch

22 May 2022

PREMIER dog man Jason Mackay is as excited about a series of trials at Bathurst on Tuesday as he was about winning the Group 3 Brother Fox (516m) at Dubbo on Saturday night with Zipping Maserati.

Zipping Maserati, the star son of Zipping Garth and Zipping Lilly, swept around the colliding leaders Fantastic Raven and Good Odds Cash at the turn out of the back straight to go on to a two-and-a-quarter length win in The Brother Fox.


He ran 29.45 to beat Spring Patriot with a length-and-a-half to Special Blend in third.

It was his 16th win in 29 starts and brought his stakes to $140,000 for Martin, Fiona and Cameron Hallinan.

But the focus of Mackay’s attention at Bathurst on Tuesday is the first public trial by a litter of Zipping Garth pups, two dogs and five bitches from Group 1 Golden Easter Egg winner Zipping Bailey.

“It’s great timing with them having their first public trial,” said Mackay. “They have broken in great.

“I’ve told Marty and the family I might even drive up to Orange and get them all myself. That’s the wraps on them.”

Zipping Garth burst back into the Group spotlight on Saturday night.

As well as the victory of Zipping Maserati in the Brother Fox, the Dave and Christine Robartson youngster Hinto (Zipping Garth-Rekall Kelsos) brilliantly won the Group 2 WA Derby in 29.86 beating Falcon Nine and Stone Cold Augie.

“Fantastic,” said Jason. “Garth’s running at a 21 percent winning strike rate.”

Of Zipping Maserati he is undecided what the immediate future holds for him.

“I’ll just look him over for the next few days, grab a calendar and see what’s coming up,” he said.

“I’m not making any decisions right now. Albion Park will really suit him and with all the big races up there, that’s an option.”

Jason was full of praise for the persistence of daughter April and her love of Zipping Maserati.

“She has really taken to him,” said Jason. “She has been pestering me for ages to work on his box manners which we do two and three times a week.

“She never lets up on me and it has worked with him. He is an on-pace beginner now and that puts him right into all these races.

“Since he has come back from his spell he has had eight runs, won six and run two seconds. His run to win the consolation of the Million Dollar Chase was something.”

But Mackay was at his effusive best when discussing the Hallinan family and how they breed, rear and prepare greyhounds.

“They are meticulous,” he said. “Marty, Fiona and Cammo just keep doing it. They are number one in the world at what they do.

“Zipping Maserati is just one example of this. This dog has worked out all about racing.

“When he first started we were hoping he would run 400 metres. He did that. Then we were hoping he’d get 500 metres. He did that.

“Then we looked to him becoming a Group dog. He’s done that now. He’s the proper stuff now.”

DYLAN Goodger landed the Mega Maiden final (318m) with Such A Shame in 18.27 upsetting the $1.85 favourite Beau Bush when leading throughout to land the $10,000 to the winner event.

Such A Shame (Aston Dee Bee-It’s A Shame) is raced and trained by Dylan.

DUBBO local Charmaine Roberts won the $10,000 to the winner Future Stars (400m) with Kip Keeping as $1.60 favourite beating Agland Luai by three-quarters of a length.

Kip Keeping is royally bred by Fernando Bale from Charmaine’s former Group star Caitlyn Keeping.

AND, youthful Josh Board showed his dad Scott how it’s done when winning the $15,000 to the winner Peg & Bill Miller Final (516m) with Spring Elegance in a slick 29.67 over $1.45 favourite Adelmo Bale and Impress Alcott.

The winner is by Fernando Bale and Spring Catch and is unbeaten in three starts at Dubbo over the distance.