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The Sandown Classic is a Group 2 weight-for-age race held at Sandown racecourse each November at the end of the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 2400 metres and worth $350,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Sandown Classic was won by Beautiful Romance from Almoonqith with Big Orange third.
Renamed the 'Zipping Classic' during the 2012/2013 racing season in honour of four-time winner Zipping, this race is held one week after the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington ends and has previously been known as the 'Sandown Cup' and 'Sandown Classic'.
The Sandown Classic is a good second tier staying race that takes place after the major Flemington spring carnival in November and attracts horses looking for something a bit easier than the Group 1 staying races on offer at Caulfield and Flemington in recent weeks.
Sandown has a long straight with an uphill run home and sorts out the pretenders from the contenders when the going gets tough in the run to the line. The Sandown Classic is a good race for out and out stayers and suits horses who can run out a strong 2400 metres.
Godolphin stayer Beautiful Romance (2016) finished seventh in the Gr1 Melbourne Cup over 3200m at Flemington before defying all challengers to win this event and recent Sandown Classic winners include Who Shot Thebarman (2015) and Au Revoir (2014).
Spring Carnival Guide
The Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the final day of the Flemington carnival has been a handy guide to this event in recent times. Sertorius (2013) and Tanby (2012) both placed in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes prior to winning the Sandown Classic while Gallant Guru (2006) is the last galloper to win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes & Sandown Classic double,
Americain (2011) won the Moonee Valley Cup on his way to winning the Sandown Classic while both Jukebox Johnny (2nd in 2007) and Show Barry (3rd in 2006) placed in the Moonee Valley Cup before also running placings in this race.
2016 Sandown Classic result
1. $5.00 Beautiful Romance 57.0 Glyn Schofield
2. $5.50 Almoonqith 59.0 Damien Oliver
3. $5.50 Big Orange 59.0 Damian Lane
4. $6.00 So Si Bon 50.5 Craig Williams
5. $3.70 Who Shot Thebarman 59.0 Hugh Bowman
6. $151.00 Transfer Allowance 59.0 Chris Symons
7. $8.00 Secret Number 59.0 Stephen Baster
8. $101.00 Tristram's Sun 59.0 Kerrin McEvoy
Margins: 0.1 len, 0.2 len Time: 2:29.05
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Note: The 2013 Zipping Classic was held at Caulfield due to upgrades taking place at the Sandown racecourse.
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