The Taj Mahal can roll forward and likely either it or Assign will take up the pace.
Outside of those two, there doesn't look to be any early pace which may lead to a muddling tempo.
Consommateur likely to drift back from the outside gate.
Berisha an off-pace runner likely to slide back to the second-half of the field.
Small field hard to get a gauge on how strong the tempo will be.
The last 3 winners (2014-16) all contested the Melbourne Cup at their previous start.
The 2012 and 2013 winners both contested the Queen Elizabeth at their previous start.
Almandin and Big Duke are the only runners to have wins in their current campaign.
3 jockeys that have previously ridden the winner have rides in 2017- McEvoy, Oliver and Callow.
Assign is the only runner to have won on the Sandown Hillside course.
Big Duke has the blinkers added as he steps back from the two mile of the Melbourne Cup.
The Taj Mahal has only one win in his career. The entire will be third-up in Australia, his first two runs were for Aidan O'Brien out of the Werribee quarantine centre.
So Si Bon finished 4th in this race in 2017 as a 3YO.
Big Duke at 2400m has a record of 4: 2-2-0.
Almandin won the 2500m Bart Cummings when 5 runs into his last prep in 2016. This will be his 5th run.
Only three runners under double figures, Almandin, Big Duke and The Taj Mahal.
Almandin $2.50 --> $2.60. Biggest early of $600 at $2.50
Big Duke $3.80 --> $3.20. The best supported with the biggest early bet of $1200 at $3.80.
The Taj Mahal is steady at $3.70.
These are the only three that have had any level of support in the market.
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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|Date:||Saturday 18th November 2017|
|Race Type:||2YO+ Open Weight For Age|
|2016 Winner:||Beautiful Romance|
|2016 Sandown Classic Results|
|7||BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE||1ST||$5.40 (win)|
|2||BIG ORANGE||3RD||$2.00 (pl)|
|8||SO SI BON||4TH||-|
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.
|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|