Zipping Classic (Sandown Classic)

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

2021 Zipping Classic Results

  • 1st: #3 Sound
  • 2nd: #6 Dr Drill
  • 3rd: #4 Wentwood



The Group 2 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.

*Note: In 2021 the Zipping Classic Day program moved to late November at Caulfield Racecourse. 

Worth a lucrative $750,000 in prize money having been boosted in 2021, the weight-for-age event is held on the same day as the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m), Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1400m), Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m), Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1600m)and the Listed Sandown Cup (3200m).

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.

In 2021 Sound improved on a Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes second to successfully defend his title in the Zipping Classic as a nine-year-old at 19/1.

The 2021 Zipping Classic ran on Saturday November 27, 2021 at Caulfield Racecourse and saw the reigning champion Sound go back-to-back as a nine-year-old in an upset at $20. 

Zipping Classic 2021
Date: Saturday November 27, 2021
Track: Sandown Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $750,000

2021 Zipping Classic Results

  • 1st: #3 Sound
  • 2nd: #6 Dr Drill
  • 3rd: #4 Wentwood

It was a lucrative Zipping Classic 2021 trifecta at Caulfield with last year’s champion Sound scoring an upset at $20 when successfully defending his title as a nine-year-old over fellow roughies Dr Drill ($26) and Wentwood ($31).

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Jamie Mott 2 59kg $20
2 6 DR DRILL (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Brett Prebble 0.5L 5 59kg $26
3 4 WENTWOOD (GB) Maddie Raymond Damian Lane 1.25L 6 59kg $31
4 1 SPANISH MISSION (USA) Peter G Moody Glen Boss 1.35L 4 59kg $1.40F
5 7 SKELM Terry Kelly John Allen 1.45L 8 59kg $91
6 8 LUNAR FLARE Grahame Begg Michael Dee 1.65L 7 57kg $26
7 5 FLASH AAH Matt Kropp Daniel Moor 1.85L 9 59kg $101
8 9 SILENT SOVEREIGN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 2.6L 3 57kg $19
9 2 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 4.1L 1 59kg $5

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Zipping Classic Betting Odds

The latest Zipping Classic 2021 odds will be listed below complete with links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for you to back your Zipping Classic Betting Tips at the right price.

2021 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 2021 Zipping Classic field and barriers are released on the Wednesday prior to the race and will be published in full below.

UK expat, the now Peter Moody-trained Spanish Mission, heads a small 2021 Zipping Classic field at Caulfield on Saturday racing second-up down under off that eye-catching third to  Verry Elleegant in the Melbourne Cup.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 7x2513x2x3 SPANISH MISSION (USA) Peter G Moody Glen Boss 4 59kg 115
2 x0516x0011 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 1 59kg 108
3 62309×9732 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Jamie Mott 2 59kg 104
4 6x510x4213 WENTWOOD (GB) Maddie Raymond Damian Lane 6 59kg 99
5 01434×8470 FLASH AAH Matt Kropp Daniel Moor 9 59kg 89
6 x528253624 DR DRILL (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Brett Prebble 5 59kg 99
7 901833×368 SKELM Terry Kelly John Allen 8 59kg 80
8 3314922115 LUNAR FLARE Grahame Begg Michael Dee 7 57kg 102
9 144723×221 SILENT SOVEREIGN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 3 57kg 88

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Zipping Classic Nominations

The Zipping Classic 2021 Nominations will be announced on the Monday leading-up to Zipping Classic Day and will be published in full below once released.

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.

In 2021 the Zipping Classic ran at Caulfield Racecourse and saw evergreen nine-year-old Sound ($20) go back-to-back.

Recent Sandown Zipping Classic Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2021 Zipping Classic 1st Sound 2 minutes 32.65 seconds
2nd Dr Drill
3rd Wentwood
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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