Zipping Classic (Sandown Classic)

The Zipping Classic (2400m) is a Group 2 staying race run at Ladbrokes Park in late November as a final assignment for Melbourne Cup type gallopers during the spring carnival.

2018 Zipping Classic Results

  • 1st: #4 The Taj Mahal
  • 2nd: #7 Dal Harraild
  • 3rd: #8 Our Libretto



The Group 2 2018 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.

Worth $300,000 in prize money, the weight-for-age event is held on the same day as the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) and the Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m).

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 2018 Zipping Classic is the feature race of Zipping Classic Day run on Saturday November 17, 2018.

Zipping Classic 2018
Date: Saturday November 17, 2018
Track: Sandown Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2018 Zipping Classic Results

    • 1st: #4 The Taj Mahal
    • 2nd: #7 Dal Harraild
    • 3rd: #8 Our Libretto
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight
1 4 THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) Liam Howley Ben Melham 7 59kg
2 7 DAL HARRAILD (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Kerrin McEvoy 0.1L 4 59kg
3 8 OUR LIBRETTO (NZ) Grahame Begg Damian Lane 1.85L 1 57kg
4 6 LORD FANDANGO (GER) Archie Alexander John Allen 2.05L 3 59kg
5 2 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 4.05L 8 59kg
6 5 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) Liam Howley Anthony Darmanin 4.55L 5 59kg
7 1 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 5.05L 2 59kg
8 3 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Walker 5.8L 6 59kg

2018 Zipping Classic Betting Odds

The latest Zipping Classic 2018 odds will be listed below complete with links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for you to back our insider Zipping Classic Betting Tips at the right price.

2018 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 official 2018 Zipping Classic field and barriers are released on the Wednesday prior to the race and will be published in full below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 6731×76940 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 2 59kg 110
2 829×794010 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 8 59kg 105
3 420×837833 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Walker 6 59kg 104
4 41x8x79159 THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) Liam Howley Ben Melham 7 59kg 108
5 x8650x4365 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) Liam Howley Anthony Darmanin 5 59kg 98
6 x39770x364 LORD FANDANGO (GER) Archie Alexander John Allen 3 59kg 102
7 6x10x24682 DAL HARRAILD (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Kerrin McEvoy 4 59kg 103
8 40×11117 OUR LIBRETTO (NZ) Grahame Begg Damian Lane 1 57kg 90

2018 Zipping Classic Nominations

The Zipping Classic 2018 Nominations will be announced on the Monday leading-up to Zipping Classic Day at Ladbrokes Park, Sandown, and will be published in full below once released.

No. Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 6731×76940 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 10 Chris Waller 1 59kg 110
2 829×794010 VENTURA STORM (IRE) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 2 59kg 105
3 53x16x2172 HOMESMAN (USA) G 5 Liam Howley 3 59kg 110
4 41x8x79159 THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 4 59kg 108
5 x436013x10 YUCATAN (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 5 59kg 108
6 x39770x364 LORD FANDANGO (GER) H 6 Archie Alexander 6 59kg 102
7 420×837833 LIBRAN (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 7 59kg 104
8 6x10x24682 DAL HARRAILD (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 8 59kg 103
9 48x220x040 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 9 59kg 101
10 42223×3658 SHEEZDASHING M 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 10 56kg 92
11 2x12714x00 SHERLOCK HOLMES (IRE) G 7 Eric Musgrove 11 59kg 84
12 14229×8068 BERISHA G 7 John Sadler 12 59kg 90
13 40×11117 OUR LIBRETTO (NZ) M 5 Grahame Begg 13 57kg 90
14 x8650x4365 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) G 7 Liam Howley 14 59kg 98
15 3305531384 NOUMEA (IRE) G 6 Eric Musgrove 15 59kg 78
16 164x0x0254 MIDTERM (GB) G 6 Liam Howley 16 59kg 98

The original 2018 Zipping Classic nominations attracted 16 runners, with former 2018 Melbourne Cup favourite Yucatan leading the way as the early favourite. Lindsay Park hopeful and Moonee Valley Cup winner Ventura Storm is also one of the premier stayers earning a nomination, while Liam Howley trained Homesman is set to return to the races after running second in the Caulfield Cup.

2018 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.

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.

Recent Sandown Zipping Classic Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2018 Zipping Classic 1st The Taj Mahal 2 minutes 31.52 seconds
2nd Dal Harraild
3rd Our Libretto
2017 Zipping Classic 1st The Taj Mahal 2 minutes 30.09 seconds
2nd Almandin
3rd Big Duke
2016 Zipping Classic 1st Beautiful Romance 2 minutes 29.05 seconds
2nd Almoonqith
3rd Big Orange
2015 Zipping Classic 1st Who Shot Thebarman 2 minutes 29.1 seconds
2nd Tall Ship
3rd Do You Remember
2014 Sandown Classic 1st Au Revoir 2 minutes 32.1 seconds
2nd Epingle
3rd Prince Of Penzance
2013 Sandown Classic 1st Sertorius 2 minutes 30.97 seconds
2nd Epingle
3rd Queenstown
2012 Sandown Classic 1st Tanby 2 minutes 32.01 seconds
2nd Exceptionally
3rd Precedence
2011 Sandown Classic 1st Americain 2 minutes 37.87 seconds
2nd Manighar
3rd Mourayan
2010 Sandown Classic 1st Zipping 2 minutes 39.49 seconds
2nd Exceptionally
3rd Manighar
2009 Sandown Classic 1st Zipping 2 minutes 32.2 seconds
2nd Purple
3rd Master O’Reilly
2008 Sandown Classic 1st Zipping 2 minutes 35 seconds
2nd Douro Valley
3rd Red Ruler
2007 Sandown Classic 1st Zipping 2 minutes 33.7 seconds
2nd Jukebox Johnny
3rd Baughurst
2006 Sandown Classic 1st Gallant Guru 2 minutes 30.8 seconds
2nd Casual Pass
3rd Show Barry
2005 Sandown Classic 1st Roman Arch 2 minutes 33.7 seconds
2nd Grey Song
3rd Expunge
2004 Sandown Classic 1st Count Ricardo 2 minutes 37.9 seconds
2nd Fantastic Love
3rd Media Puzzle
2003 Sandown Classic 1st Legible 2 minutes 29.8 seconds
2nd Distinctly Secret
3rd Zazzman
2002 Sandown Classic 1st Hail 2 minutes 27.9 seconds
2nd Hill Of Grace
3rd Grey Song
2001 Sandown Classic 1st Sky Heights 2 minutes 28.3 seconds
2nd King Keitel
3rd Cinder Bella
2000 Sandown Classic 1st Brave Chief 2 minutes 24.3 seconds
2nd Forgotten Hero
3rd Pasta Express

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