Star Siblings Hand Adams Memorable Group 1 Double

YOUNG trainer Luke Adams has enjoyed a perfect introduction to group 1 racing, winning the Derby and Futurity at Wentworth Park on Saturday.

Adam Dobbin

23 January 2021

YOUNG trainer Luke Adams has enjoyed a perfect introduction to group 1 racing after annexing the time-honoured National Derby and National Futurity at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

The 26-year-old went into both group 1 deciders boasting the fastest qualifier following Zipping Sapporo’s brilliant Futurity heat display while Zipping Moose was equally outstanding in his Derby heat success.

But with that success came heightened expectation and the young trainer delivered in style, guiding littermates Zipping Sapporo and Zipping Moose to stellar group 1 victories at headquarters on Saturday night.

“It’s the best night of my life … I’ve had some bad ones trust me but this is by far the best,” Adams said. 

“I’m lost for words to be honest. I was hoping they could repeat what they did last week and go straight to the front. Zipping Moose did but Zipping Sapporo had to work a bit harder.

“But they both won and that’s the main thing. Just a fantastic night. Couldn’t be prouder.”

The Hallinan family owned Zipping Sapporo and Zipping Moose are by rising star of the stud ranks Aston Dee Bee from their grand producer Crafty Lady.

The classic winning double handed Aston Dee Bee his first group 1 success as a sire, continuing the Melbourne Cup winner’s sensational start at stud.

Zipping Sapporo’s National Futurity success extended the hugely exciting prospect’s overall record to seven wins from nine starts.

In a gritty performance, she gunned down a gallant Me Me Mia late in proceedings to win the bitches classic, first run in 1965, by a length in 30.02.

Finishing third was the baby of the field Super Estrella while Ice Cream Story finished fourth, giving trainer David Smith second, third and fourth across the line with his trio of quality bitches.

In the National Derby, Zipping Moose had control of the race throughout and never looked in any real danger.

Finding the front comfortably from box two, the promising type carved out slick sectionals before scoring by 4 ¾ lengths over Serious Object in 29.72, almost identical to his heat winning time last Friday night.

Filling third was Queenslander Rowdy Roddy For Rob Tyler, the son of Derby winner Jagger Swagger making up plenty of ground at the finish.

But all the plaudits were with Luke Adams and his star duo, the young trainer taking the reins from mentor and close friend Jason Magri who on this night last year won the Paws Of Thunder with King Cratos.

“The plan will be to now head to the Richmond Derby and Oaks with them,” Adams said.

“But we’ll have a few drinks and celebrate this first. I really am lost for words.”