Zipping Sapporo Storms Into Futurity Favouritism

ZIPPING Sapporo will start favourite for next Saturday's National Futurity Final following a captivating heat victory on Friday night.

Adam Dobbin

15 January 2021

ZIPPING Sapporo will start favourite for next Saturday night’s Group 1 Ladbrokes National Futurity Final (520m) following a captivating heat victory on Friday night.

The daughter of Aston Dee Bee was simply out of this world in progressing through to the $75,000-to-the-winner bitches only decider, stopping the clock in a dazzling 29.61.

And while the overall time was sensational, so were her sectionals, posting a dazzling 5.38 early before clocking 17.89 up the back.

Trained by Luke Adams, Zipping Sapporo roars into next week’s finale as the winner at six of her eight career starts and a performance anywhere near her remarkable heat win will see her go a long way towards victory.

Tab.com.au have installed the fawn bitch $3.20 favourite in early markets after drawing box three for the final, the same draw she recorded her sizzling heat victory from.

The first of three National Futurity heats went the way of Picture Frame for Jodie and Andy Lord in 30.16.

Stepping out for just her fifth race start and her first away from Goulburn, Picture Frame made full use of box one to lead and stave off a fast finishing Ice Cream Story to score by three-quarters of a length.

Jodie and Andy Lord, fresh off another Metropolitan Trainers premiership win in 2020, are no strangers to National Futurity glory, winning with Nulkaba Lass back in 2004.

The final National Futurity heat on Friday night went the way of Me Me Mia for in form trainer David Smith in a slick 29.84.

Scraping into the series by a matter of days, Me Me Mia made full use of box one to cause a minor upset, with far more fancied chances Sarita and On The Rocks finishing out of the placings.

Smith will be represented by three runners in next Saturday night’s National Futurity Final with Super Estrella forcing her way through with a third placing to Zipping Sapporo in heat two.

2021 Group 1 Ladbrokes National Futurity (520m) box draw

1. Super Estrella
2. Me Me Mia
3. Zipping Sapporo
4. Red Hot Mouse
5. Kia Herrera
6. Pink Lilly
7. Picture Frame
8. Ice Cream Story
9. Chrissie Banner
10. Outside World