Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Bruno Cannatelli
Paul Preusker has elected to spell his staying star Surprise Baby and bypass the Zipping Classic

Horsham trainer Paul Preusker has elected to spell his staying star Surprise Baby and as a result he will bypass the Zipping Classic.

Preusker said he wasn’t completely satisfied with Surprise Baby’s gallop on Wednesday morning at Hamilton and he didn’t accept with him for the Sandown Group Two Zipping Classic over 2400 metres.

“He had a stretch out and he wasn’t quite where I wanted him to be,” Preusker said.

“He’s not 100 per cent and it’s probably the right time to put him out and chase a bit of spring grass.

“I was looking forward to him starting at Sandown with the sting out of the track but you don’t want to take him there and waste a run.

“It’s only eight days since the Melbourne Cup and he hasn’t quite recovered.”

Preusker said he would spell Surprise Baby and then set him for the $5 million All-Star Mile at Moonee Valley on March 13 next year.

“There’s plenty of races but a race like that over a mile would suit him,” Preusker said.

“We’ll put him out and he’ll be good for the autumn. There’s plenty of races to pick from.”

First-up this campaign, Surprise Baby finished second to Humidor in the Feehan Stakes over 1600 metres at Moonee Valley.

He then finished ninth in the Turnbull Stakes which was his lead-in run to the Melbourne Cup.

Preusker said he would again target the 2021 Melbourne Cup next year after Surprise Baby finished fifth in 2019 but only 13th this year when he started a $6 favourite.

“You need a lot of luck in a Melbourne Cup and it was one of those runs. Things didn’t go right early,” he said.

Racing Victoria stewards noted that Surprise Baby was hampered in the straight the first time during the Melbourne Cup.

Preusker also pointed out that Surprise Baby ran a faster time this year than he did in 2019.

*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Winterbottom Stakes results and replay – 2020

View the results and replay for the 2020 Winterbottom Stakes. The Winterbottom Stakes was raced at Ascot racecourse on 28/11/2020....

Elite Street wins the G1 Winterbottom Stakes

Brad Rawiller has given the Daniel Morton trained Elite Street a ten out of ten ride to win the Group...

Horse Racing Big Collects, Bets and Moves – Saturday’s Races 28/11/2020

Australia’s leading bookmaker the TAB gives an overview of today’s betting markets from the feature races and race meetings from around the...

Alligator Blood’s trainer and owners part ways

Trainer David Vandyke will not be the trainer of star Queensland galloper Alligator Blood when the horse returns. David Vandyke...

Tokoriki Lad wins in unusual fashion

Punters watching the last race at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday did a quick double-take and then they still had...

Star Queenslander Rothfire recovering well

For Rothfire, the Group 1 Golden Rose, back on September 26, was meant to be the final stepping-stone towards participation...

Connections turn down huge money for exciting stayer

Connections of exciting stayer Ain’tnodeeldun have turned down big money from Hong Kong interests. Co-trainer Sam Freedman has confirmed offers...

Racing officials reviewing use of whip

A study commissioned by the RSPCA has put the issue of whip use back in the spotlight after it found...

Stud career looms for Cox Plate winner

A stud career for Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet is nearing although trainer Ciaron Maher will look to add a...

Kingston Town Classic

The is a  race held at each year. The  event is held in December each year and is one of...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

Copyright © 2020 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.
18+ Don't let the game play you. Stay in control. Gamble responsibly. Think! About your choices. Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit or