Sandown Classic Day is the last official meeting of the Melbourne Spring Carnival and hosts six group races, including the Group 2 Sandown Classic and Group 2 the Sandown Guineas. Held at the famous Sandown Racecourse, it is the last chance for punters and socialites alike to enjoy a Spring Carnival meeting, the fun activities and catch the remaining quality horses in action. It may not be the highlight of the Spring Carnival like Melbourne Cup Day, but it still attracts relatively large numbers with 10,000 people on average passing through the gates. With nine races on the card, the day boasts prize money in excess of $1.6m and can provide owners, trainers, jockeys and punters with handy late season returns.
The Sandown circuit is a tough one to negotiate, with an uphill run home and a long straight (Lakeside 407m, Hillside 491m). It is well suited to strong finishers or those who can fight hard under pressure. The Sandown course, located in Springvale (25km from Melbourne CBD), underwent a major upgrade in 1999. It also is a Quarantine Centre used to house visiting international horses.
|RACE NAME||STATUS||PRIZE MONEY||DISTANCE||RACE TYPE|
|SANDOWN CLASSIC||GR 2||$350,000||2400m||OPEN WFA|
|SANDOWN GUINEAS||GR 2||$300,000||1600m||3YO SW|
|SANDOWN STAKES||GR 3||$150,000||1400m||QUALITY HANDICAP|
|ECLIPSE STAKES||GR 3||$150,000||1800m||QUALITY HANDICAP|
|KEVIN HEFFERNAN STAKES||GR 3||$150,000||1200m||WFA|
|SUMMONED STAKES||GR 3||$150,000||1600m||MARES SW+PEN|
|SANDOWN CUP||LR||$150,000||3200m||OPEN HANDICAP|