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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'.

Held on the Melbourne Racing Club's major race meeting of the year at Sandown, the Sandown Classic is held alongside the Gr2 Sandown Guineas, Gr3 Sandown Stakes and Gr2 Eclipse Stakes.

2017 Sandown Classic info
Date: Saturday 18th November 2017
Track: Sandown racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 2400 metres
Race Type: 2yo+ Open Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $350,000
2016 Winner: Beautiful Romance

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.

Horses who may have contested the Gr2 Moonee Valley Cup at Moonee Valley on WS Cox Plate day or the Gr3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Emirates Stakes day may consider racing in this event.

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).

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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

then followed
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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Sandown Classic recent winners & placegetters
Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2016 Beautiful Romance Almoonqith Big Orange 2:29.0
2015 Who Shot Thebarman Tall Ship Do You Remember 2:29.1
2014 Au Revoir Epingle Prince Of Penzance 2:32.0
2013 Sertorius Epingle Queenstown 2:30.9
2012 Tanby Exceptionally Precedence 2:32.0
2011 Americain Manighar Mourayan 2:37.8
2010 Zipping Exceptionally Manighar 2:39.4
2009 Zipping Purple Master O'reilly 2:32.2
2008 Zipping Douro Valley Red Ruler 2:35.0
2007 Zipping Jukebox Johnny Baughurst 2:33.7
2006 Gallant Guru Casual Pass Show Barry 2:30.8
2005 Roman Arch Grey Song Expunge 2:33.7
2004 Count Ricardo Fantastic Love Media Puzzle 2:37.9
2003 Legible Distinctly Secret Zazzman 2:29.8
2002 Hail Hill Of Grace Grey Song 2:27.9
2001 Sky Heights King Keitel Cinder Bella 2:28.3
2000 Brave Chief Forgotten Hero Pasta Express 2:24.3
1999 Aerosmith Zerpour Northern Drake 2:30.3
1998 Cheviot Lisas Game Peak Of Perfection 2:31.4
1997 Star Binder Galilean Miss Tessla 2:35.6
1996 Royal Snack Count Chivas Circles Of Gold 2:28.1
1995 Count Chivas Yes Indeed Waikikamukau 2:28.0
1994 Our Pompeii Long Tan Doriemus 2:32.4
1993 Tawlord Bon Precieux Top Rating 2:26.2
1992 Silk Ali Sky Flyer Brave Expectations 2:26.5
1991 Stylish Century Mantlepiece Princess Pushy 2:29.4
1990 Pressmans Choice Bassies Pride Shuzohra 2:29.0
1989 Sydeston Ideal Centreman Gopak 2:30.7
1988 Conbituate Lady Concordance Tawrrific 2:29.2

Note: The 2013 Zipping Classic was held at Caulfield due to upgrades taking place at the Sandown racecourse.

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