Zipping Rambo announced himself one of the country’s premier middle-distance chasers with a stunning victory at Sandown Park tonight.
In what appeared a very even 595m event, Zipping Rambo nailed the start and was a length clear of the field within a matter of strides. Cha Cha Charlie gallantly stuck with him down the back straight but had no answer as they approached the home turn, Zipping Rambo recording a dominant victory in 33.659.
His winning time was the second fastest ever recorded, just 0.029 seconds outside of Dyna Double One’s longstanding track record.
As exceptional as the overall time was, it was the way he ran it that showed his dominance.
– His first split of 8.99 was the equal third fastest ever run, just half a length outside Dyna Patty’s record (8.96).
– His second split of 22.96 was the equal third fastest ever run, just two lengths outside Dyna Patty’s record (22.84).
– His run home of 10.699 was faster than Dyna Patty’s 10.892 in her split record run, and Dyna Double One’s 10.78 in his track record.
That his first split was elite came as no surprise given he set the first split mark at the Meadows just two starts earlier. However his strength at the end of the 595m trip stunned everyone, except perhaps for his trainer Mark Delbridge.
“I couldn’t be any happier with the win,” he said.
“His run at the Meadows, he was broke the first split record and I reckon he was only about a length off the second split. And that was only first 600m.”
Fastest 595m wins at Sandown Park
33.630 Dyna Double One, 28/1/2016
33.659 ZIPPING RAMBO, 8/4/21
33.668 Tornado Tears, 16/9/18
33.670 Bobby Boucheau, 6/1/11
33.724 Polijuice Potion, 24/12/15
Earlier in the night, Hank The Hustler stormed into RSN Sandown Cup calculations with the fastest 715m run in over 15 months. His 41.38 romp saw him installed the $6 second elect for the $250,000 feature.
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