With a steady opening season in the sulky, season 19/20 was the breakout season for Chappenden, reaching several highlights for the term.
That included victory in the 2020 BOTRA Young Drivers Championship at just his first attempt, where he scored a decisive 20-point victory in the Series.
That Series also signalled the first Saturday night success at Albion Park for Chappenden when steering Sam Is Perfection to victory.
Another highlight was his maiden Group 1 race drive when taking the reins behind Jaziah in the QBRED Triad Final for two-year-old fillies - finishing a game 3rd behind Jasper after a tough run.
It has been a solid start to the current season for Zac, with his latest victory taking his tally to 29 winners.
That has him in third place in the Concession Drivers Title and ninth in the open State Drivers Title.
As the opportunities continue to expand for the young reinsman, more milestones will be on the horizon as Zac continues to forge his own path as a harness racing driver.
The 2021 yearling sales may have been completed in Queensland, but the last big yearling sale for the season was conducted in Victoria across the weekend.
The inaugural Nutrien Standardbred Yearling Sale held at Melbourne’s Oaklands Junction saw 294 lots catalogued with 269 offered for sale.
After returning to the training ranks in mid-2020, Shannon Price was active at the sale under the banner of Raboki.
Purchasing three lots from the sale, Raboki purchased two pacing colts and a trotting colt.
A sum of $100,000 was required to take home lot 88, a Captaintreacherous colt out of the Group 1-winning mare Musical Delight.
A 100% producer at stud, her second foal - Beach Music - placed third in the NSW Oaks back in February.
The other pacing colt secured by Raboki was by American Ideal out of the six-time winner Flying Mcpocket with $46,000 the winning bid.
Picking up the only Dreamcatcher trotting colt in the sale, $10,000 was the required bid to secure the first foal of the dam Bigonluck.
While the Raboki team have not had many starters step out thus far in season 2021, they continue to build strongly for the future.
Following on from the six race meetings held last week, five TAB meetings will be complemented with show racing this coming week.
Albion Park will host meetings on Tuesday and Friday afternoons alongside the Saturday night metropolitan fixture.
Redcliffe will race in the Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon timeslots, with the Wednesday meeting a strong ten-race card.
Show racing will also be a highlight with the Toowoomba Show on Friday and Saturday.
Friday will see the heats and Final of the Glenvale Cup, and Saturday hosting the heats and Final of the Toowoomba Cup, with another opportunity to progress to the Showcase Finals at Redcliffe in June.
At The Creek, Tuesday will see heats of the Australian Pacing Gold for the three-year-old colts and geldings as well as for the fillies.
There are two heats for the boys and one for the girls, and for the eventual winner, a spot in the $350,000 National Final at Melton on May 29 awaits.
Those that do not progress to the big Final can still chase the riches locally, with a $50,000 mixed sex consolation to be held at Albion Park on the same night.
Saturday night will be the first of the Ultimate Tools sponsored two-year-old events for the season.
Popular last season for the juveniles, Ultimate Tools will provide a rug and trophy to the winning connections and $250 to the winning trainer and driver.
Winning trainers also receive a $500 voucher.