The 2018 Zipping Classic, previously known as the Sandown Classic, is a Group 2 contest run annually at Sandown Racecourse towards the middle of November.
It’s one of the final races of the Melbourne spring racing carnival and is contested under weight-for-age conditions.
The Zipping Classic is a staying test over 2400m and is worth $350,000 to connections. The Zipping Classic was previously called the Sandown Cup before a name change in 1999 to the Sandown Classic. It’s is held the week after the conclusion of the Flemington Spring Racing Carnival. There is now a listed event held on the same day called the Sandown Cup.
It is the biggest meet of the year to be held at Sandown Racecourse and is on the same card as the Group 2 Sandown Guineas, Group 3 Sandown Stakes, Group 3 Eclipse Stakes, Group 3 Summoned Stakes and Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes.
With the big staying contests of the Melbourne carnival over the Sandown Classic is suited to only the toughest horses which have come through that campaign with something left in the tank.
While the prize money is less than the Group 1’s earlier in the spring it’s the last logical assignment before a spell meaning any horses that can run will run in the event.
The long and slightly uphill straight further highlights the need to be a tough stayer as many a horse can be found out in the final furlong.
It’s not surprising that one of the toughest horses of the modern era has dominated this event in a way few horses have managed to do at Group 2 level.
Zipping, who the Zipping Classic is now named for, created history when winning this race on consecutive occasions in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. In that time he accounted for some top talent and made this event his own. In those same years he came into the race after gallant performances in the Melbourne Cup including a string of fourth place finishes. Zipping was retired due to injury in 2011 at the age of ten preventing a shot at a fifth Sandown Classic.
While the race no doubt belongs to Zipping there were some talented horses to come before him as well.
Our Pompeii won in 1994 with Aerosmith winning in 1999.
Shy Heights claimed the 2001 contest with Roman Arch triumphing in 2005.
The quickest Zipping Classic time though belongs to Brave Chief which completed the trip in 2:24.3 when winning in 2000.
2018 Zipping Classic Field
The Zipping Classic field usually attracts a fairly handy class of horse. Even though it’s held right at the end of the spring racing carnival, the Zipping Classic field still sees a few talented runners line up at the barriers.
The 2018 Zipping Classic field will be published below.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||6731×76940||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||James McDonald||2||59kg||–||110|
|2||829×794010||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||8||59kg||–||105|
|3||420×837833||LIBRAN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Michael Walker||6||59kg||–||104|
|4||41x8x79159||THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE)||Liam Howley||Ben Melham||7||59kg||–||108|
|5||x8650x4365||SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB)||Liam Howley||Anthony Darmanin||5||59kg||–||98|
|6||x39770x364||LORD FANDANGO (GER)||Archie Alexander||John Allen||3||59kg||–||102|
|7||6x10x24682||DAL HARRAILD (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Kerrin McEvoy||4||59kg||–||103|
|8||40×11117||OUR LIBRETTO (NZ)||Grahame Begg||Damian Lane||1||57kg||–||90|
2018 Zipping Classic Nominations
The Zipping Classic nominations draw a diverse range of horses from around the country. While a lot of local horses tend to enter the Zipping Classic nominations, they usually feature a few interstate raiders who were down for their spring campaign.
The 2018 Zipping Classic nominations will be provided below.
|No.||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||6731×76940||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||G||10||Chris Waller||1||59kg||–||110|
|2||829×794010||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||G||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||2||59kg||–||105|
|3||53x16x2172||HOMESMAN (USA)||G||5||Liam Howley||3||59kg||–||110|
|4||41x8x79159||THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE)||H||5||Liam Howley||4||59kg||–||108|
|5||x436013x10||YUCATAN (IRE)||H||5||Liam Howley||5||59kg||–||108|
|6||x39770x364||LORD FANDANGO (GER)||H||6||Archie Alexander||6||59kg||–||102|
|7||420×837833||LIBRAN (IRE)||G||8||Chris Waller||7||59kg||–||104|
|8||6x10x24682||DAL HARRAILD (GB)||G||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||8||59kg||–||103|
|9||48x220x040||WALL OF FIRE (IRE)||H||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||9||59kg||–||101|
|10||42223×3658||SHEEZDASHING||M||4||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||10||56kg||–||92|
|11||2x12714x00||SHERLOCK HOLMES (IRE)||G||7||Eric Musgrove||11||59kg||–||84|
|13||40×11117||OUR LIBRETTO (NZ)||M||5||Grahame Begg||13||57kg||–||90|
|14||x8650x4365||SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB)||G||7||Liam Howley||14||59kg||–||98|
|15||3305531384||NOUMEA (IRE)||G||6||Eric Musgrove||15||59kg||–||78|
|16||164x0x0254||MIDTERM (GB)||G||6||Liam Howley||16||59kg||–||98|
Sandown Classic / Zipping Classic Results
Zipping Classic winners, place getters and winning times since 2000 are listed below.
|2018||1 The Taj Mahal||2 Dal Harraild||3 Our Libretto||2:31.5|
|2017||1 The Taj Mahal||2 Almandin||3 Big Duke||2:30.0|
|2016||1 Beautiful Romance||2 Almoonqith||3 Big Orange||2:29.0|
|2015||1 Who Shot Thebarman||2 Tall Ship||3 Do You Remember||2:29.1|
|2014||1 Au Revoir||2 Epingle||3 Prince Of Penzance||2:32.1|
|2013||1 Sertorius||2 Epingle||3 Queenstown||2:30.97|
|2012||1 Tanby||2 Exceptionally||3 Precedence||2:32.0|
|2011||1 Americain||2 Manighar||3 Mourayan||2:37.9|
|2010||1 Zipping||2 Exceptionally||3 Manighar||2:39.4|
|2009||1 Zipping||2 Purple||3 Master O’reilly||2:32.2|
|2008||1 Zipping||2 Douro Valley||3 Red Ruler||2:35.0|
|2007||1 Zipping||2 Jukebox Johnny||3 Baughurst||2:33.7|
|2006||1 Gallant Guru||2 Casual Pass||3 Show Barry||2:30.8|
|2005||1 Roman Arch||2 Grey Song||3 Expunge||2:33.7|
|2004||1 Count Ricardo||2 Fantastic Love||3 Media Puzzle||2:37.9|
|2003||1 Legible||2 Distinctly Secret||3 Zazzman||2:29.8|
|2002||1 Hail||2 Hill Of Grace||3 Grey Song||2:27.9|
|2001||1 Sky Heights||2 King Keitel||3 Cinder Bella||2:28.3|
|2000||1 Brave Chief||2 Forgotten Hero||3 Pasta Express||2:24.3|