Zipping Classic 2020

Saturday November 14, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: Spring Cup contenders often finish their preps in the Zipping Classic

The Zipping Classic, formerly the Sandown Classic, is a Group 2 race run at Sandown’s Ladbrokes Park in mid-November at the end of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Zipping Classic Day features two Group 2 races with the Sandown Guineas (1600m) for three-year-olds and the Zipping Classic for the stayers run over a mile and a half (2400m).

Named in honour of the race’s four-time winner Zipping (2007-10), the Zipping Classic takes place on the second Saturday of November a week after the Melbourne Cup Carnival concludes at Flemington with Mackinnon Stakes Day.

Offering $250,000 in prize money the weight-for-age race makes a nice final spring run for gallopers coming off races like the iconic Melbourne Cup.

The latest edition of the Zipping Classic ran on Saturday November 14, 2020 and was won in an upset by the Jamie Kah-ridden Sound.

Zipping Classic Race Info

  • Date: Saturday November 14, 2020
  • Track: Sandown Ladbrokes Park
  • Distance: 2400m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $250,000
  • First Run: 1888

2020 Zipping Classic Results

The full Zipping Classic 2020 Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Saturday November 14, 2020 .

  • 1st: #4 Sound
  • 2nd: #3 Brimham Rocks
  • 3rd: #5 Future Score

Jockey Jamie Kah continued her ace spring carnival posting a treble at Sandown with a brilliant ride aboard Sound ($5) to win the meeting’s feature race – the 2020 Zipping Classic.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Jamie Kah 8 59kg $5
2 3 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Damian Lane 1.25L 6 59kg $6
3 5 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 1.45L 5 59kg $6
4 7 ATTORNEY (FR) Matthew Smith Luke Currie 1.75L 7 59kg $14
5 1 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Damien Oliver 1.95L 4 59kg $3.20F
6 9 SCARLET DREAM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Poy 2.15L 3 57kg $26
7 2 LEVENDI Peter Gelagotis Jason Maskiell 3.9L 2 59kg $71
8 6 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 4.65L 1 59kg $5.50
8 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) David Brideoake Jye McNeil 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Zipping Classic Odds & Betting

Zipping Classic betting is open at the start of race week and markets are led by proven stayers with winning form over the mile and a half.

Previous experience at Sandown Racecourse is not essential, but past Melbourne form helps determine the order of the Zipping Classic odds as does the runners’ abilities at weight-for-age.

Any Caulfield and Melbourne Cup graduates dropping in class also sit high up the markets and double-figure winners are rare.

2020 Zipping Classic Betting

The season’s top Zipping Classic 2020 odds and Sandown betting market links will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned for access to the top odds on the last of the spring staying races.

Zipping Classic Tips

Good Zipping Classic tips include backing the proven stayers in the field with winning form over the mile and a half, graduates from the Melbourne Cup (3200m) held on the first Tuesday of November and runners with weight-for-age form.

Another top Zipping Classic betting tip is to not back a runner over $10 in betting as no winner has saluted at double-figures in over a decade.

2020 Zipping Classic Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Zipping Classic 2020 betting tips and exotic Sandown racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the staying horses to back and sack in the $300,000 feature.

Zipping Classic Field

The Zipping Classic field attracts a strong line-up of spring stayers that are just off the best long distance performers of the season. Horses in the Zipping Classic field often back-up from a run in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in October and the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) on the first Tuesday of November, but placegetters in these major Spring Cups rarely continue onto the second-tier event.

Zipping Classic Betting Tips & Form -

The Zipping Classic was renamed in honour of four-time Sandown Classic winner Zipping (2007-10). Photo Credit: Taron Clarke.

The 2015 Zipping Classic winner Who Shot Thebarman was unplaced in that year’s Caulfield Cup (7th) and Melbourne Cup (11th), but did run third in the previous year’s Melbourne Cup. The year before Au Revoir (2014) won the Sandown Classic on the back of a Melbourne Cup eighth. In 2016 the international UK visitor for Godolphin, Beautiful Romance, improved on a Melbourne Cup seventh first-up in Australia to win the Sandown Zipping Classic narrowly next-up.

Back in 2011 American won the Zipping Classic following a Melbourne Cup fourth when narrowly missing out on his second win in the ‘race that stops a nation’.

Zipping also won his first of four Sandown Classic titles in 2007 following a Melbourne Cup fourth, the same form for his last victory in 2010. In 2008 he came off a Melbourne Cup ninth, while in 2009 the champ won the Sandown Classic on the back of a Cox Plate third.

Most recently, the 2019 Zipping Classic winner Southern France improved on a 19th in the Melbourne Cup results that spring.

One of the earlier lead-up races into the Zipping Classic field is Moonee Valley’s Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) run in late September and The Taj Mahal (2018) was the last to do the double.

Zipping Classic nominations are taken the Monday before the race runs on the Saturday with final acceptances and the barrier draw released on the Wednesday.

2020 Zipping Classic Field

The official Zipping Classic 2020 Field & Barriers will be published in full below once announced on the Wednesday of race week so stay tuned to see what end-of-spring stayers make the starting line-up in the time-honoured Sandown race.

Nine gallopers make-up the 2020 Zipping Classic Final Field including Avilius who ran second last (22nd) in the Melbourne Cup last time out.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 4533×46260 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Damien Oliver 5 59kg 110
2 x8x58x0360 LEVENDI Peter Gelagotis Jason Maskiell 3 59kg 104
3 7691×83823 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Damian Lane 7 59kg 103
4 x532x52262 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Jamie Kah 9 59kg 102
5 1x1253x613 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 6 59kg 99
6 41x7811x18 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 2 59kg 101
7 x6804x2414 ATTORNEY (FR) Matthew Smith Luke Currie 8 59kg 97
8 x356x80571 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) David Brideoake Jye McNeil 1 57kg 105
9 0064×48446 SCARLET DREAM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Poy (a) 4 57kg 88

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Zipping Classic Nominations

The official Zipping Classic 2020 Nominations close the Monday leading-up to Ladbrokes Park’s major race day and the full list of early entries will be available below.

Fourteen stayers make-up the 2020 Zipping Classic nominations including a host of unplaced gallopers out of the Melbourne Cup results such as Surprise Baby and Miami Bound.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 4533×46260 AVILIUS (GB) G 7 James Cummings 1 59kg 110
2 x84x406610 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien 2 56kg 105
3 32x415x290 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) G 6 Paul Preusker 3 59kg 106
4 x356x80571 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) M 5 David Brideoake 4 57kg 105
5 7691×83823 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 5 59kg 103
6 x532x52262 SOUND (GER) H 8 Michael Moroney 6 59kg 102
7 441301x79x SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 7 59kg 108
8 1x1253x613 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 6 Matt Cumani 8 59kg 99
9 0064×48446 SCARLET DREAM M 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 9 57kg 88
10 6789×50053 MORTON’S FORK G 7 Richard Litt 10 59kg 90
11 41x7811x18 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 11 59kg 101
12 x6804x2414 ATTORNEY (FR) G 6 Matthew Smith 12 59kg 97
13 13611×5886 REALM OF FLOWERS M 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 13 56kg 76
14 x8x58x0360 LEVENDI H 6 Peter Gelagotis 14 59kg 104

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Zipping Classic Form Guide

The Zipping Classic form guide details all the need-to-know facts and stats including the jockeys, trainers, barriers, weights and lead-up runs of the horses in the field.

Most stayers go out to the paddock after a run in the Group 2, but the Zipping Classic form has stacked up in lower class summer races a number of times including in 2015 when the runner-up Tall Ship won the Listed Werribee Cup (2635m) the following month. The best Zipping Classic form race to follow is the Melbourne Cup, graduates out of the two mile classic suited to the drop in distance / grade.

2020 Zipping Classic Form Guide

A link to the comprehensive Zipping Classic 2020 Form Guide will be provided below the week of the race.

Zipping Classic Results

The past Zipping Classic results of the race have been dominated by single-figure fancies and Melbourne Cup horses stepping back in class and distance for a final spring run in easier company.

Notable recent Zipping Sandown Classic winners include dual champ the Taj Mahal (2017-18), Who Shot Thebarman (2015), American (2011), four-time champ Zipping (2007-10) who the race is now named after and Sky Heights (2001).

Zipping Classic Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Sound Brimham Rocks Future Score 2:37.0
2019 Southern France Miss Siska Chapada 2:32.0
2018 The Taj Mahal Dal Harraild Our Libretto 2:31.5
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
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