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.

2020 Zipping Classic Results

  • 1st: #4 Sound
  • 2nd: #3 Brimham Rocks
  • 3rd: #5 Future Score



The Group 2 2020 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 $250,000 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 last Melbourne Cup graduate to win the Zipping Classic was Southern France (19th) in 2019.

The 2020 Zipping Classic ran on Saturday November 14, 2020 and was won by the Michael Moroney-trained Sound.

Zipping Classic 2020
Date: Saturday November 14, 2020
Track: Sandown Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $250,000

2020 Zipping Classic Results

  • 1st: #4 Sound
  • 2nd: #3 Brimham Rocks
  • 3rd: #5 Future Score

Jockey Jamie Kah celebrated a Sandown hat-trick with a perfectly-timed ride, swooping the field and injecting some pace into a slowly-run race before charging home aboard Sound ($5) in the 2020 Zipping Classic results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Jamie Kah 8 59kg $5
2 3 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Damian Lane 1.25L 6 59kg $6
3 5 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 1.45L 5 59kg $6
4 7 ATTORNEY (FR) Matthew Smith Luke Currie 1.75L 7 59kg $14
5 1 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Damien Oliver 1.95L 4 59kg $3.20F
6 9 SCARLET DREAM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Poy 2.15L 3 57kg $26
7 2 LEVENDI Peter Gelagotis Jason Maskiell 3.9L 2 59kg $71
8 6 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 4.65L 1 59kg $5.50
8 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) David Brideoake Jye McNeil 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Zipping Classic Betting Odds

The latest Zipping Classic 2020 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.

2020 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 2020 Zipping Classic field and barriers are released on the Wednesday prior to the race and will be published in full below.

The 2020 Zipping Classic final field features just nine runners led by the Godolphin-raced Avilius out to atone for his second last (22nd) in the Melbourne Cup results.

Click here to read more about the key horses in the Zipping Classic 2020 field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 4533×46260 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Damien Oliver 5 59kg 110
2 x8x58x0360 LEVENDI Peter Gelagotis Jason Maskiell 3 59kg 104
3 7691×83823 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Damian Lane 7 59kg 103
4 x532x52262 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Jamie Kah 9 59kg 102
5 1x1253x613 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 6 59kg 99
6 41x7811x18 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 2 59kg 101
7 x6804x2414 ATTORNEY (FR) Matthew Smith Luke Currie 8 59kg 97
8 x356x80571 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) David Brideoake Jye McNeil 1 57kg 105
9 0064×48446 SCARLET DREAM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Poy (a) 4 57kg 88

2020 Zipping Classic Nominations

The Zipping Classic 2020 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.

The 2020 Zipping Classic nominations feature 14 stayers including a host of Melbourne Cup graduates led in betting by Surprise Baby, Avilius and Miami Bound.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 4533×46260 AVILIUS (GB) G 7 James Cummings 1 59kg 110
2 x84x406610 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien 2 56kg 105
3 32x415x290 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) G 6 Paul Preusker 3 59kg 106
4 x356x80571 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) M 5 David Brideoake 4 57kg 105
5 7691×83823 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 5 59kg 103
6 x532x52262 SOUND (GER) H 8 Michael Moroney 6 59kg 102
7 441301x79x SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 7 59kg 108
8 1x1253x613 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 6 Matt Cumani 8 59kg 99
9 0064×48446 SCARLET DREAM M 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 9 57kg 88
10 6789×50053 MORTON’S FORK G 7 Richard Litt 10 59kg 90
11 41x7811x18 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 11 59kg 101
12 x6804x2414 ATTORNEY (FR) G 6 Matthew Smith 12 59kg 97
13 13611×5886 REALM OF FLOWERS M 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 13 56kg 76
14 x8x58x0360 LEVENDI H 6 Peter Gelagotis 14 59kg 104

Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2020 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
2020 Zipping Classic 1st Sound 2 minutes 37.09 seconds
2nd Brimham Rocks
3rd Future Score
2019 Zipping Classic 1st Southern France 2 minutes 32.01 seconds
2nd Miss Siska
3rd Chapada
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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