The Group 2 2016 Zipping Classic, also known as the Sandown Classic, is a 2400m staying event held at Melbourne’s Sandown Racecourse – now known as Ladbrokes Park – after the Flemington four day Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Many of the horses that run in the Sandown Classic will come via the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup or the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, as well as the iconic Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) run over the two miles at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November.
The 2016 Zipping Classic is the feature race of Zipping Classic Day on Saturday November 12th.
|Zipping Classic 2016|
|Date:||November 12th, 2016|
2016 Zipping Classic Betting Odds
2016 Zipping Classic Field
The Zipping Classic field usually features some talented stayers looking for a final spring Group win. Because the race takes place so late in the spring racing carnival, the Zipping Classic field attracts a host of horses well into their preparation and with plenty of form to look to, including that out of the Melbourne Cup.
The 2016 Zipping Classic field was released on Wednesday November 9 and features just eight stayers led by the reigning Zipping Classic winner Who Shot Thebarman.
See below for the official 2016 Zipping Classic Final Field & Barriers – following the link for a detailed race preview.
|1||324×652725||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||1||59kg|
|2||x5x23x11x0||BIG ORANGE (GB)||Michael Bell||Damian Lane||2||59kg|
|3||9065×80846||ALMOONQITH (USA)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damien Oliver||4||59kg|
|4||61x2x12x10||SECRET NUMBER (GB)||Saeed Bin Suroor||Stephen Baster||6||59kg|
|5||3087×70873||TRISTRAM’S SUN (NZ)||Robbie Laing||Craig Newitt||7||59kg|
|6||7029×96238||TRANSFER ALLOWANCE||Peter Roche||Chris Symons||3||59kg|
|7||6153×15537||BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE (GB)||Saeed Bin Suroor||Glyn Schofield||5||57kg|
|8||26×16534||SO SI BON||Robbie Laing||Craig Williams||8||50.5kg|
2016 Zipping Classic Nominations
The Zipping Classic nominations are fairly interesting every year, mainly because it’s kind of difficult to determine which horses will enter them. The Zipping Classic nominations largely depend on how well a horse has performed during the spring racing carnival. Trainers might elect to get one more run out of their better horses, or try and scrape a placing with their less-effective runners by entering them into the Zipping Classic nominations.
The 2016 Zipping Classic nominations will be provided here.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||624×008421||DANDINO (GB)||H||9||Darren Weir||1||59kg||106|
|2||x122x62002||RISING ROMANCE (NZ)||M||5||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||2||57kg||109|
|3||5442×75870||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||G||7||Chris Waller||3||59kg||109|
|5||416×506710||ALMOONQITH (USA)||H||6||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||5||59kg||105|
|6||81111×8848||TALL SHIP (IRE)||G||5||Darren Weir||6||59kg||97|
|7||31532×8444||UNGRATEFUL ELLEN||M||4||Robert Smerdon||7||56kg||85|
|8||130×409803||DON DOREMO (NZ)||G||5||Robbie Laing||8||59kg||90|
|9||6650×55503||KIRRAMOSA (NZ)||M||5||John Sargent||9||57kg||102|
|10||x452x78624||SYSMO (FR)||G||7||Tony McEvoy||10||59kg||92|
|11||2213x300x9||DO YOU REMEMBER (SAF)||M||6||Peter G Moody||11||57kg||95|
|12||4x5421x469||MANALAPAN (IRE)||G||6||Ciaron Maher||12||59kg||90|
2016 Zipping Classic Day
Sandown Zipping Classic Day is the feature race day of the year at Sandown’s Ladbrokes Park and it marks the end of the annual Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. With six Group status races, including the Group 2 Sandown Zipping Classic (2400m) and Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m), and four Listed races on the all Black-Type 10 race card – Sandown Classic Day offers top quality racing for fans and punters alike.
Many horses contesting races on Sandown’s Zipping Classic Day have run in some of the main events during the Spring Racing Carnival, including the Melbourne Cup.
The 2016 Zipping Classic Day will be run on Saturday, November 12th at Sandown Racecourse.
Sandown Classic History
The Sandown Classic was first run in 1888 and won by Mara however it was originally named the Williamstown Cup before becoming the Sandown Cup and eventually the Sandown Classic. Over the years, the race distance has increased from 11 furlongs to 12 furlongs and 13 furlongs. Second Wind managed to win the event twice in 1930-31, however the true champion of this race is Zipping with four consecutive wins from 2007 to 2010. Zipping’s four straight wins in the Sandown Classic means that the gelding joins Manikato, Tie The Knot and Lord as the only horses to win the same group race consecutively four or more times.
In 2006, Gallant Guru managed to win the Sandown Classic/Queen Elizabeth Stakes double while Sydeston won the Sandown Classic/Cathay Pacific Airways Cup double in 1989. Since 1988, the fastest horse to cross the finish line has been Brave Chief in 2000 with 2 minutes 24.3 seconds while Count Ricardo was the slowest winner in 2004 with 2 minutes 37.9 seconds.
Recent Sandown Zipping Classic Winners
|2017 Zipping Classic||1st||TBD||TBD|
|2016 Zipping Classic||1st||Beautiful Romance||2 minutes 29.05 seconds|
|2015 Zipping Classic||1st||Who Shot Thebarman||2 minutes 29.1 seconds|
|3rd||Do You Remember|
|2014 Sandown Classic||1st||Au Revoir||2 minutes 32.1 seconds|
|3rd||Prince Of Penzance|
|2013 Sandown Classic||1st||Sertorius||2 minutes 30.97 seconds|
|2012 Sandown Classic||1st||Tanby||2 minutes 32.01 seconds|
|2011 Sandown Classic||1st||Americain||2 minutes 37.87 seconds|
|2010 Sandown Classic||1st||Zipping||2 minutes 39.49 seconds|
|2009 Sandown Classic||1st||Zipping||2 minutes 32.2 seconds|
|2008 Sandown Classic||1st||Zipping||2 minutes 35 seconds|
|2007 Sandown Classic||1st||Zipping||2 minutes 33.7 seconds|
|2006 Sandown Classic||1st||Gallant Guru||2 minutes 30.8 seconds|
|2005 Sandown Classic||1st||Roman Arch||2 minutes 33.7 seconds|
|2004 Sandown Classic||1st||Count Ricardo||2 minutes 37.9 seconds|
|2003 Sandown Classic||1st||Legible||2 minutes 29.8 seconds|
|2002 Sandown Classic||1st||Hail||2 minutes 27.9 seconds|
|2nd||Hill Of Grace|
|2001 Sandown Classic||1st||Sky Heights||2 minutes 28.3 seconds|
|2000 Sandown Classic||1st||Brave Chief||2 minutes 24.3 seconds|