Zipping Classic (Sandown Classic)

The 2017 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.

Horses can come to this event from races like the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup, Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes or even the Melbourne Cup.

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.

2017 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 2017 Zipping Classic field will be published below.


No 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 – 8 57kg 92 8 2244692504 THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ben Melham 5 56.5kg 103

2017 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 2017 Zipping Classic nominations will be provided below.

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 65111×2140 ALMANDIN (GER) G 8 Robert Hickmott 111
2 210x71x045 ASSIGN (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 103
3 73×0000295 BERISHA G 6 Robert Smerdon 95
4 13×5502144 BIG DUKE (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 107
5 3x3116x598 CONSOMMATEUR (NZ) M 5 Michael Kent 92
6 6x68830x49 DANDY GENT G 6 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 82
7 243×643211 DODGING BULLETS G 6 Symon Wilde 93
8 167×162255 NOZOMI G 6 Anthony Freedman 94
9 2244692504 THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) H 4 Robert Hickmott 103

Sandown Classic / Zipping Classic Results

Zipping Classic winners, place getters and winning times since 2000 are listed below.

Year Results Winning Time
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