This Group 1 race held at The Meadows is named in honour of the “Fawn Flash”, Zoom Top who retired with the race figures of 136: 68-25-14.
It is a race for the stayers, held over the marathon 725m journey held on the same card as the other G1 events the Rookie Rebel and the Temlee and form the opening of the Australian Cup Carnival.
The race was promoted to G1 status in 2013 and in 2018 the Zoom Top will carry total stakes of $110,000 with the winning greyhound to pocket $75,000. Some of the previous winners of the race include the talented chasers Destini Fireball and the champion Miata.
The latest millionaire earner, Fanta Bale will be looking to secure the 8th Group 1 of her career. Also at stake will be a unique double as victory would see her become the first chaser to claim the Rookie Rebel and the Zoom Top. The Robert Britton trained bitch has developed a superb record that has seen her miss a top-3 finish just 6 times in 59 appearances. Despite coming into this race as a last start 2nd to the up and comer Hecton Bale, that race was over the 595m trip, well below the best distance for Fanta Bale. This will be just her 4th race start in the blue vest, with the previous 3 returning 1 each of a win, 2nd and 3rd placings. Importantly her best time recorded at The Meadows 725m came when jumping from box 4 in winning a heat of the Top Cat Video Cup.
Western Australian trained chaser Quick Jagger lands the red rug as he looks to continue his superb record since being put out over the longer distance events. A winner of 14 races from a 32 start career to date, this will be his second G1 appearance. Trainer Chris Halse brought the son of Dyna Nalin east to target the Melbourne Cup. Starting the campaign in a Prelude he ran 2nd to Despacito and then in the first round of heats finished 3rd to Bewildering and thus ended the Cup dream. Winning over the 595m at Sandown on the way to the Sale Cup he atoned for the Melbourne Cup disappointment with a heat victory from box 7. Again wearing the black jacket, he chased valiantly to arrive in time to take the 650m G1 Sale Cup. In his 5 runs at a trip 650m or greater his record reads 5: 4-1-0 and he will make his Meadows debut in this.
Brett Bravo has litter siblings Packey Keeping and Scott Keeping into the Zoom Top, with Packey looking to have chances at value. This will be the 2nd G1 appearance for the son of Bekim Bale as he will look to turn the tables on Fanta Bale. In the 715m Bold Trease final at Sandown, Packey Keeping started from box 4 and chased valiantly to finish 3.2 lengths from the distance champion. Taking on a handicap event over the 725m at The Meadows 2 starts back he made the most of the 10m handicap to bounce straight to the front from box 6 and kept the power on all the way to record a strong victory over the 8m marker Rippin Sam. That was Packey Keeping’s lone win at The Meadows. This will be the 7th time that he has jumped from box 7 under race conditions, with his record in the black rug showing 6: 2-0-3.