By Glenn Davis
Toowoomba trainer Matt Kropp made a successful return to his old stomping ground to claim his fourth Dalby Cup with Zip To The Moon on Saturday.
Zip To The Moon, ridden by apprentice Hannah Phillips, scooted clear in the straight for a commanding one length win over Just As Loyal.
Run Louie Run finished third, a further two lengths away.
Kropp trained for 20 years at Dalby before relocating to Toowoomba four years ago.
Zipp To The Moon was originally trained by Barry Squair and Jason Judge in Toowoomba before Kropp leased the six-year-old from his previous owner.
“It was a good win and a great ride from Hannah,” Kropp said.
“I’ve won the Dalby Cup three times before with Billy Goat, Modern Al and Uncle Jan so that makes it four.”
Kropp was always confident of collecting another trophy after Zip To The Moon finished third in a Benchmark 70 race over 1200 metres at Toowoomba on September 2.
“He was caught off the track last start and it was the first time I used a crossover band on him,” he said.
“It’s good he’s proven he can run 1400 metres now so we might look at some more country Cups races for him.”
Earlier the Plough Inn Cup (1400m) was taken out by the Ben Currie-trained Magic Kitty.
Ridden by Nozi Tomizawa, Magic Kitty proved too strong for Who Am I scoring by a long neck with a further 4-1/2 lengths to third placegetter, A Bear In There.
Magic Kitty had placed in three of her previous six starts before breaking through in the weight-for-age maiden.
The win continued the recent good run from Currie who claimed last season’s Toowoomba trainers’ premiership.
Currie has been in spectacular form over the past few months and landed four winners at the last Toowoomba meeting on September 2.
Apprentice Hannah English and her partner trainer Glen Richardson teamed to win the Dalby Machinery Centre Open Handicap (1200m) with topweight Klammer.
It was the second leg of a riding double for English who also was successful aboard the Jason Noud-trained Prospecting in the Ratings 0-58 Handicap (2000m).
Klammer, who jumped from the outside barrier, flashed home late to down Squeemi by a long neck with Seq The Star third, a further 2-1/4 lengths away.
Klammer, a six-year-old son of Snitzel, was originally trained in Sydney by Gerald Ryan winning three times at Hawkesbury and Canberra before joining the Richardson stable in Nanango in December.
It was Klammer’s fourth win under Richardson’s care from 14 starts.
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