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.

2017 Zipping Classic Results

  • 1st: #8 The Taj Mahal
  • 2nd: #1 Almandin
  • 3rd: #2 Big Duke



The Group 2 2017 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 2017 Zipping Classic was the feature race of Zipping Classic Day run on Saturday November 18, 2017 and was won by The Taj Mahal.

Zipping Classic 2017
Date: Saturday November 18, 2017
Track: Sandown Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2017 Zipping Classic Results

  • 1st: #8 The Taj Mahal
  • 2nd: #1 Almandin
  • 3rd: #2 Big Duke

See below for the full Zipping Classic 2017 Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more on the runaway 3.5 length win by the imported The Taj Mahal who easily accounted for his former Melbourne Cup winning stablemate Almandin (2nd) and the always-honest Darren Weir-trained stayer Big Duke who ran third as the beaten favourite.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 8 THE TAJ MAHAL Robert Hickmott Ben Melham 5 56.5kg $5
2 1 ALMANDIN Robert Hickmott Damien Oliver 3.5L 1 59kg $3.30
3 2 BIG DUKE Darren Weir Damian Lane 4.75L 3 59kg $2.70
4 4 BERISHA Robert Smerdon Mark Zahra 5.15L 7 59kg $15
5 6 SO SI BON Robbie Laing Noel Callow 5.9L 6 58kg $17
6 7 CONSOMMATEUR Michael Kent Michael Dee 6L 8 57kg $21
7 5 DANDY GENT Terry & Karina O’Sullivan Dean Yendall 6.1L 4 59kg $101
8 3 ASSIGN Robert Hickmott Kerrin McEvoy 7.1L 2 59kg $16

2017 Zipping Classic Tips

  • 1st: #2 Big Duke
  • 2nd: #1 Almandin
  • 3rd: #4 Berisha

Read our full Zipping Classic 2017 Tips & Betting Preview by following the link, the Races.com.au team tipping the Darren Weir-trained Melbourne Cup fourth placegetter BIG DUKE ($3.30) who has been outstanding all season. Race favourite ALMANDIN ($2.60) was forgivable in the same two mile classic he won in 2016 and is better coming back to WFA, while BERISHA ($14) looks value for a place hitting peak fitness.

2017 Zipping Classic Betting Odds

The latest Zipping Classic 2017 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.

2017 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 2017 Zipping Classic field and barriers are released on the Wednesday prior to the race and will be published in full below.

The Zipping Classic 2017 Final Field attracted only eight acceptors including three for owner Lloyd Williams led by last year’s Melbourne Cup champ Almandin drawn barrier one. Melbourne Cup fourth placegetter Big Duke for Darren Weir is in gate three, while late entry So Si Bon gets the chance to return to form in a final run for 2017.

Read more on the 2017 Zipping Classic Field of Eight Stayers.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 65111×2140 ALMANDIN (GER) Robert Hickmott Damien Oliver 1 59kg 111
2 13×5502144 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir Damian Lane 3 59kg 107
3 210x71x045 ASSIGN (IRE) Robert Hickmott Kerrin McEvoy 2 59kg 103
4 73×0000295 BERISHA Robert Smerdon Mark Zahra 7 59kg 95
5 6x68830x49 DANDY GENT Terry & Karina O’Sullivan Dean Yendall 4 59kg 82
6 30×2283300 SO SI BON Robbie Laing Noel Callow 6 58kg 95
7 3x3116x598 CONSOMMATEUR (NZ) Michael Kent Michael Dee 8 57kg 92
8 2244692504 THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ben Melham 5 56.5kg 103

2017 Zipping Classic Nominations

The Zipping Classic 2017 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 original 2017 Zipping Classic nominations attracted just nine runners, but after entries were extended, a further two stayers are now also entered for the mile and a half showdown. Owner Lloyd Williams, whose galloper Zipping won the race four times and is name the event’s namesake, has the bulk share of Zipping Classic horses in 2017 including last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Almandin.

2017 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 TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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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