Zipping Truvy's Late Rookie Rebel Bid Begins

A slashing 600 metre Dapto victory last Thursday has Zipping Truvy in a race against time for the upcoming Group 1 Rookie Rebel at The Meadows.

Adam Dobbin

26 January 2020

LITTLE doubt Zipping Veyron’s victory in Friday night ’s Group 1 National Futurity at Wentworth Park had owner breeders Martin and Fiona Hallinan on cloud nine.

The home bred daughter of Black Magic Opal (ex Zipping Willow) defied a sterling late charge by Wild Flyer to score in 29.95 and register win 11 at just start 16.

Her impressive resume is born of high speed yet the “Zipping” prefix is synonymous with back end strength and only 24 hours earlier, Zipping Truvy – by Zulu Zeus – dazzled in a near record win over 600m at Dapto.

And it’s the Dapto offering which, in time, will turn more heads than the Group 1 despite one snaring a cool $75,000, and the other a run-of-the-mill $1600.

Both greyhounds were bred at a time of great uncertainty for greyhound racing in NSW but the Hallinans never lost focus or faith in their prepotent line.

The die is cast with Zipping Veyron. She will progress to the cut and thrust of open company sprinting where only the elite thrive.

For Zipping Truvy, the stars are about to align.

Her final section (to run down Cawbourne Footrot in 34.19) at Dapto was a remarkable 12.55 – just outside the closing efforts of the slickest winners over 520m on the night.

A 618 metre assignment at Richmond looms for Zipping Truvy before trainer Rob Tyler steps the sparingly raced black bitch up to ‘700’ metres.

Interestingly, though, the group race calendar boasts an attractive 600m target in the near future.

The Group 1 Rookie Rebel at The Meadows is on February 15 with Zipping Truvy in a race against time to be included in the best eight invitation.

Little doubt she is one of, if not, the quickest middle distance performers in the land, yet opportunity at The Meadows may not knock.

While Zipping Truvy is expected to set the track alight as a stayer, her own progress may, in time, be tested by the likes of Zipping Zeek and Zipping Miranda, littermates to hugely talented recent Wentworth Park maiden winner Zipping Sultan.

The pair scored in slick times over 535m at Richmond on Saturday night, with “Zeek” posting a slashing 30.46, running home in a rare 14.83.

By comparison, Zipping Garth – a litter brother to “Truvy”—at only start four, won at Richmond in a blinding, near record 30.09 with 14.82 being his closing section.

And let’s not forget Richmond Maiden winner Zipping Brady. The son of Fernando Bale has not raced since late November but is similarly powerful at the business end.

Zipping Bailey’s 2019 Golden Easter Egg win was a career highlight for the Hallinan family but there’s little doubt this latest crop are at rare, elite level.

Their sprawling 200-acre property at Clergate occupies every waking moment and there are no short cuts to success.

Zipping Garth is making his mark at stud and, while his racing career was cruelly cut short at start five last April, others have stepped up … and then some.