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.

2019 Zipping Classic Results

  • 1st: #5 Southern France
  • 2nd: #10 Miss Siska
  • 3rd: #8 Chapada



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

The 2019 Zipping Classic ran on Saturday November 16, 2019 and was won by the imported Southern France. 

Zipping Classic 2019
Date: Saturday November 16, 2019
Track: Sandown Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2019 Zipping Classic Results

  • 1st: #5 Southern France
  • 2nd: #10 Miss Siska
  • 3rd: #8 Chapada

The Zipping Classic 2019 results went the way of the punters with the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained import Southern France ($3) atoning for his 19th in the Melbourne Cup to win the feature by nearly two lengths.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 5 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 5 59kg $3F
2 10 MISS SISKA Grahame Begg James Doyle 1.75L 8 57kg $10
3 8 CHAPADA Michael Moroney James Winks 1.85L 3 58kg $19
4 3 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Craig Williams 2.25L 4 59kg $8
5 7 MIDTERM (GB) Michael & Luke Cerchi Patrick Moloney 3L 10 59kg $51
6 1 HUMIDOR (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 3.5L 7 59kg $4.80
7 2 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 3.9L 2 59kg $19
8 6 DAL HARRAILD (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 4L 6 59kg $6.50
9 9 SAVVY OAK (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Luke Currie 5.5L 9 58kg $15
10 4 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Walker 5.6L 1 59kg $19

2019 Zipping Classic Betting Odds

The latest Zipping Classic 2019 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.

2019 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 2019 Zipping Classic field and barriers are released on the Wednesday prior to the race and will be published in full below.

The Zipping Classic 2019 Final Field features 10 weight-for-age gallopers including the favourite Humidor in gate seven looking to return to winning form, while recent Flemington winner Savvy Oak chases another upset from a wider barrier nine draw.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 333×000549 HUMIDOR (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 7 59kg 110
2 0x80624754 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 2 59kg 101
3 5516×04287 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Craig Williams 4 59kg 103
4 797×900660 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Walker 1 59kg 101
5 7×32644130 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 5 59kg 110
6 468223×760 DAL HARRAILD (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 6 59kg 102
7 319×090516 MIDTERM (GB) Michael & Luke Cerchi Patrick Moloney 10 59kg 97
8 x70304x736 CHAPADA Michael Moroney James Winks 3 58kg 93
9 41220×0901 SAVVY OAK (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Luke Currie 9 58kg 91
10 x147x27882 MISS SISKA Grahame Begg TBA 8 57kg 96

2019 Zipping Classic Nominations

The Zipping Classic 2019 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 2019 Zipping Classic nominations attracted 14 hopefuls with dual Cox Plate placegetter Humidor the early favourite in betting.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 333×000549 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 1 59kg 110
2 0x80624754 VENTURA STORM (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 2 59kg 101
3 5516×04287 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 7 Archie Alexander 3 59kg 103
4 797×900660 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 4 59kg 101
5 41469×6550 BONDEIGER H 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5 59kg 93
6 7×32644130 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 59kg 110
7 16x821x743 BIG BLUE (GB) G 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 7 59kg 95
8 x30x807090 NEUFBOSC (FR) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 8 59kg 101
9 x70304x736 CHAPADA G 4 Michael Moroney 9 58kg 93
10 468223×760 DAL HARRAILD (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 10 59kg 102
11 319×090516 MIDTERM (GB) G 7 Michael & Luke Cerchi 11 59kg 97
12 41220×0901 SAVVY OAK (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 12 58kg 91
13 x147x27882 MISS SISKA M 6 Grahame Begg 13 57kg 96
14 0xN1021116 RUPTURE G 6 Paul Preusker 14 59kg 80

2019 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
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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