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SANDOWN CLASSIC


Officially registered as the Sandown Classic, the Melbourne Racing Club changed the name of the race to recognise the deeds of Zipping who was able to win this race four years in succession from 2007 through to 2010. Originally known as the Sandown Cup, it changed to the Classic in 1999 and 2011 changed to the current title of Zipping Classic.

Held at the Sandown racecourse, the race is run over 2400m and held at the conditions of weight-for-age. The race was granted Group 2 status in 1979 and has maintained that since, being the flagship event of the Sandown track.

Total prize money on offer in 2017 is $300,000. The 2016 winner was the Saeed Bin Suroor trained Beautiful Romance, ridden by Glyn Schofield. Other past winners include Who Shot Thebarman, Americain, Sky Heights, Stylish Century, Sydeston along with the four time winner Zipping.

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SANDOWN CLASSIC RACE GUIDE
Date: Saturday 18th November 2017
Race Time: TBC
Race Code: TBC
Location: Sandown Racecourse
Distance: 2,400 metres
Race Type: 2YO+ Open Weight For Age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000
2016 Winner: Beautiful Romance
2016 Sandown Classic Results

RACE RESULTS
NO NAME RESULT ODDS
7 BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE 1ST $5.40 (win)
3 ALMOONQITH 2ND $1.30 (pl)
2 BIG ORANGE 3RD $2.00 (pl)
8 SO SI BON 4TH -



SANDOWN CLASSIC MAJOR PLAYERS

SANDOWN CLASSIC MAJOR PLAYERS

WHO SHOT THEBARMAN

It is approaching twelve months since the Chris Waller trained gelding won his last race, however he has been starting to warm up to the task. In fact the last win for the 8YO was in this race last year when putting a huge margin on the field in taking a seven length victory in a bold front-running performance. Leading in to the 2015 Classic his lead-in runs were the Hill Stakes, Turnbull Stakes, the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup where he finished 11th. Taking a different path this year the veteran finished 2nd in the Hill Stakes, beaten six lengths by Hartnell, then a 7th in The Metrop, beaten 3.5 lengths by Sir John Hawkwood. His next run was in Melbourne in the G2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup where he hit the front before being rundown by his stablemate Grand Marshal. He hit the line well in the... read more It is approaching twelve months since the Chris Waller trained gelding won his last race, however he has been starting to warm up to the task. In fact the last win for the 8YO was in this race last year when putting a huge margin on the field in taking a seven length victory in a bold front-running performance. Leading in to the 2015 Classic his lead-in runs were the Hill Stakes, Turnbull Stakes, the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup where he finished 11th. Taking a different path this year the veteran finished 2nd in the Hill Stakes, beaten six lengths by Hartnell, then a 7th in The Metrop, beaten 3.5 lengths by Sir John Hawkwood. His next run was in Melbourne in the G2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup where he hit the front before being rundown by his stablemate Grand Marshal. He hit the line well in the Melbourne Cup for 5th and Hugh Bowman will ride again. read less

BIG ORANGE

The international trained Big Orange is staying on for another run following his second crack at the Melbourne Cup. Carrying equal top-weight of 57kg, after an allocation of 56kg, jockey Jamie Spencer felt that the weight and the pace of the race worked against his mount as he was able to finish in 10th position. Leading in to the Melbourne Cup the 6YO gelding had reportedly been working well at the Werribee quarantine facility at his second Australian visit. Between the 2015 Melbourne Cup and the 2016 Cup, the gelding faced the starter just four times. Carrying 57kg he was 2nd in the G2 Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan in March and one month later was 3rd in the G2 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket. Freshened he then won the G2 Princess of Wales with James McDonald taking the ride. His final run before heading to Australia he secured his... read more The international trained Big Orange is staying on for another run following his second crack at the Melbourne Cup. Carrying equal top-weight of 57kg, after an allocation of 56kg, jockey Jamie Spencer felt that the weight and the pace of the race worked against his mount as he was able to finish in 10th position. Leading in to the Melbourne Cup the 6YO gelding had reportedly been working well at the Werribee quarantine facility at his second Australian visit. Between the 2015 Melbourne Cup and the 2016 Cup, the gelding faced the starter just four times. Carrying 57kg he was 2nd in the G2 Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan in March and one month later was 3rd in the G2 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket. Freshened he then won the G2 Princess of Wales with James McDonald taking the ride. His final run before heading to Australia he secured his 2nd successive Goodwood Cup with 61kg. read less

SO SI BON

The Robbie Laing trained 3YO lines up here under the weight-for-age conditions with just 50.5kg on his back, the lightest weight he has carried in his seven start career. So Si Bon has won just the one race in those seven appearances, the last four all in Group events. In the G3 Guineas prelude he settled at the rear and was finishing powerfully in an eye-catching performance and then in the G1 Guineas he repeated the prelude effort when settling rearward and then swooping home late and really closing out the last 50m. He raced closer to the speed at Moonee Valley in the Vase when 3rd behind Sacred Elixir. His last start came in the VRC Derby where he was working home from well back in the field and landed 4th behind Prized Icon. Craig Williams rides the colt for the first time.



SANDOWN CLASSIC INFORMATION

SANDOWN CLASSIC INFORMATION

The Sandown Classic, also known as the Zipping Classic in honour of four-time winner Zipping, is a Group 2 race held on the final day of the Melbourne Spring Carnival. Run over 2400m, it is a weight-for-age contest and usually attracts some of the more prominent horses who have already featured in the Spring Carnival. Since its inauguration back in 1888, the race has gone by many names, from the Williamstown Cup (1888–1964) to the Sandown Cup (1964–1998), then to the Sandown Classic (1998–2011) and finally the Zipping Classic. Horses normally not quite up to the Group 1 staying classics during the Caulfield or Flemington carnivals head towards this event.

In 2013, Sertorious finished second the Queen Elizabeth Stakes before ending his successful campaign with victory in the Sandown Classic. 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain picked up $211,000 for his Sandown Classic victory in 2011, 11 days after finishing fourth behind fellow French galloper, Dunaden, in the Melbourne Cup. Zipping’s four consecutive victories in this event started in 2007 and finished in 2010. Sydeston (1989), Stylish Century (1991) and Count Chivas (1995) were also high-profile winners of the Zipping Classic.



PREVIOUS SANDOWN CLASSIC WINNERS

PREVIOUS SANDOWN CLASSIC WINNERS

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TRAINER RACE TIME
2016 BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE GLYN SCHOFIELD SAEED BIN SUROOR 02:29.0
2015 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN JAMES MCDONALD CHRIS WALLER 02:29.1
2014 AU REVOIR KERRIN MCEVOY PETER MOODY 02.32.0
2013 SERTORIUS RYAN MALONEY JAMIE EDWARDS 02.30.9
2012 TANBY NICHOLAS HALL ROBERT HICKMOTT 02.32.0
2011 AMERICAIN GERALD MOSSE ALAIN DE ROYER-DUPRE 02.37.8
2010 ZIPPING NICHOLAS HALL ROBERT HICKMOTT 02.39.4
2009 ZIPPING MICHAEL RODD ROBERT HICKMOTT 02.32.2
2008 ZIPPING MICHAEL RODD JOHN SADLER 02.35.0
2007 ZIPPING STEVEN ARNOLD JOHN SADLER 02.33.7