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 $300,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Sandown Classic was won by The Taj Mahal from Almandin with Big Duke 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'.
|Date:||Saturday 18th November 2017|
|Track:||Sandown racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||2yo+ Open Weight-for-age|
|2017 Winner:||The Taj Mahal|
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.
The Taj Mahal (2017) ran fourth in the Gr1 Emirates Stakes over 2000m at Flemington before taking out this event and recent Sandown Classic winners include Beautiful Romance (2016) and Who Shot Thebarman (2015).
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.
1. $5.00 The Taj Mahal 56.5 Ben Melham
2. $3.30 Almandin 59.0 Damien Oliver
3. $2.70 Big Duke 59.0 Damian Lane
4. $15.00 Berisha 59.0 Mark Zahra
5. $17.00 So Si Bon 58.0 Noel Callow
6. $21.00 Consommateur 57.0 Michael Dee
7. $101.00 Dandy Gent 59.0 Dean Yendall
8. $16.00 Assign 59.0 Kerrin McEvoy
Margins: 3.5 len, 1.25 len
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|2017||The Taj Mahal||Almandin||Big Duke||2:30.0|
|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|
|2008||Zipping||Douro Valley||Red Ruler||2:35.0|
|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|
|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|
|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|
Note: The 2013 Zipping Classic was held at Caulfield due to upgrades taking place at the Sandown racecourse.