Zipping Classic (Sandown Classic)

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

2023 Zipping Classic Results

  • 1st: #4 Military Mission
  • 2nd: #5 Bankers Choice
  • 3rd: #7 Duke De Sessa



The Group 2 Zipping Classic, also known as the Sandown Classic, is a 2400m staying event previously held at Melbourne’s Sandown Racecourse (Ladbrokes Park) after the Flemington four day Melbourne Cup Carnival.

In 2021 the Zipping Classic Day program moved to late November at Caulfield Racecourse where it remained for the 2022 edition.

In 2023 the Zipping Classic ran on the first Saturday in December.

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), and the Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1600m).

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 latest Melbourne Cup graduates to win the Zipping Classic are Southern France (19th) in 2019, Vow And Declare (10th) in 2022, and Military Mission (10th) in 2023.

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 2023 Zipping Classic ran on Saturday December 2, 2023 at Caulfield Racecourse and was won in a big late charge by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Military Mission ($13).

Zipping Classic 2023
Date: Saturday December 2, 2023
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $750,000

2023 Zipping Classic Results

  • 1st: #4 Military Mission ($13)
  • 2nd: #5 Bankers Choice
  • 3rd: #7 Duke De Sessa

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Melbourne Cup graduate Military Mission ($13) was huge down in grade and distance coming from a long way back with a furlong to go to run over the top of his rivals and post an impressive 2.75 length victory in the 2023 Zipping Classic results at Caulfield.

Click here to read more on the big Zipping Classic 2023 upset by the improving Military Mission.

2023 Zipping Classic Results & Finishing Order 

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 MILITARY MISSION (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jye McNeil 7 59kg $13
2 5 BANKERS CHOICE (NZ) Michael Moroney John Allen 2.75L 6 59kg $8.50
3 7 DUKE DE SESSA (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 2.95L 2 59kg $3.50EF
4 3 AMADE (IRE) Phillip Stokes Zac Spain 5.7L 8 59kg $21
5 1 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Billy Egan 8.2L 5 59kg $7
6 10 MURAMASA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 8.3L 4 58kg $3.50EF
7 11 DENY KNOWLEDGE (IRE) Michael Kent Ms Jamie Kah 10.55L 1 57kg $4.80
8 8 PORT PHILIP (IRE) Julius Sandhu Jamie Mott 10.65L 3 59kg $71
6 SERPENTINE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Michael Dee 0
2 HUETOR (FR) Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Lane 0
9 SHOCK ’EM OVA (NZ) Alex Rae Craig Williams 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Zipping Classic Betting Odds

The latest Zipping Classic 2023 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.

There was a notable upset in 2023 with Military Mission saluting at Zipping Classic odds of $13.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2023 ZIPPING CLASSIC ODDS (Final Field)

2023 Zipping Classic Form Guide

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2023 ZIPPING CLASSIC FORM GUIDE

2023 Zipping Classic Tips

Stay tuned for our exclusive Zipping Classic 2023 Tips on the $750,000 November staying feature.

  • To Win: #10 Muramasa ($4.20 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Open top-half of the market and happy to stick with the in-form four-year-old Muramasa who is narrow favourite at time of publish. This progressive son of Deep Impact has won his last three on the trot including the Group 3 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) at Flemington last time out by 2.5 lengths. Up in grade and weight here but is a previous Group 1 performer with winning form at the track.

2023 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.

Military Mission (10th in 2023) was the last Melbourne Cup graduate to win the Zipping Classic.

The official 2023 Zipping Classic field and barriers are released on the Wednesday prior to the race and will be published in full below.

The Zipping Classic 2023 final field features an open field of stayers including the defending champion Vow And Declare.

Click here for more on the key runners in the 2023 Zipping Classic field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 22460×0229 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Billy Egan 6 59kg 106
2 653216×067 HUETOR (FR) Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Lane 5 59kg 108
3 83300×9515 AMADE (IRE) Phillip Stokes Zac Spain 11 59kg 101
4 19×9201410 MILITARY MISSION (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jye McNeil 10 59kg 103
5 2598×73566 BANKERS CHOICE (NZ) Michael Moroney John Allen 7 59kg 102
6 0x129x2430 SERPENTINE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Michael Dee 9 59kg 100
7 131x8x0693 DUKE DE SESSA (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 2 59kg 104
8 0100×75809 PORT PHILIP (IRE) Julius Sandhu Jamie Mott 3 59kg 85
9 1x822x2113 SHOCK ’EM OVA (NZ) Alex Rae Craig Williams 8 59kg 86
10 25x900x111 MURAMASA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 4 58kg 102
11 931×173641 DENY KNOWLEDGE (IRE) Michael Kent Ms Jamie Kah 1 57kg 103

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Zipping Classic Nominations

The Zipping Classic 2023 Nominations will be announced on the Monday leading-up to Zipping Classic Day and will be published in full below once released.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 83300×9515 AMADE (IRE) G 10 Phillip Stokes 101
2 2598×73566 BANKERS CHOICE (NZ) G 6 Michael Moroney 102
3 0762×21323 CAPTAIN ENVIOUS (NZ) G 5 Paul Preusker 89
4 931×173641 DENY KNOWLEDGE (IRE) M 6 Michael Kent 103
5 131x8x0693 DUKE DE SESSA (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 104
6 3x907x0090 EL BODEGON (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 106
7 0163536157 FEARENTLESS M 5 Paul Preusker 72
8 x23D367130 FERAGO G 7 Patrick F Ryan Jnr 84
9 51330×7817 HARMYSIAN (GB) G 7 Clayton Douglas 83
10 653216×067 HUETOR (FR) G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden 108
11 19×9201410 MILITARY MISSION (IRE) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 103
12 25x900x111 MURAMASA G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 102
13 0100×75809 PORT PHILIP (IRE) G 6 Julius Sandhu 85
14 0x129x2430 SERPENTINE (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 100
15 1x822x2113 SHOCK ’EM OVA (NZ) G 5 Alex Rae 86
16 22460×0229 VOW AND DECLARE G 8 Danny O’Brien 106

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Sandown Classic / Zipping 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.

In 2022 the event ran at Caulfield again and saw Vow And Declare post his first win since the 2019 Melbourne Cup.

Recent Sandown Zipping Classic Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2023 Zipping Classic 1st Military Mission 2 minutes 31.73 seconds
2nd Bankers Choice
3rd Duke De Sessa
2022 Zipping Classic 1st Vow And Declare 2 minutes 28.13 seconds
2nd Luncies
3rd Persan
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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