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.
|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|
|2006||GALLANT GURU||STEVEN ARNOLD||LEE FREEDMAN||02.30.8|