Zipping Classic 2019

Saturday November 16, 2019

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 $300,000 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 16, 2019 and was won by European import Southern France. 

Zipping Classic Race Info

  • Date: Saturday November 16, 2019
  • Track: Sandown Ladbrokes Park
  • Distance: 2400m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $300,000
  • First Run: 1888

2019 Zipping Classic Results

The full Zipping Classic 2019 Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Saturday November 16, 2019 .

  • 1st: #5 Southern France
  • 2nd: #10 Miss Siska
  • 3rd: #8 Chapada

The 2019 Zipping Classic results saw the race favourite, Southern France, win second-up in Australia with the European expat improving on his 19th in the Melbourne Cup behind Vow And Declare.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 5 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 5 59kg $3F
2 10 MISS SISKA Grahame Begg James Doyle 1.75L 8 57kg $10
3 8 CHAPADA Michael Moroney James Winks 1.85L 3 58kg $19
4 3 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Craig Williams 2.25L 4 59kg $8
5 7 MIDTERM (GB) Michael & Luke Cerchi Patrick Moloney 3L 10 59kg $51
6 1 HUMIDOR (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 3.5L 7 59kg $4.80
7 2 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 3.9L 2 59kg $19
8 6 DAL HARRAILD (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 4L 6 59kg $6.50
9 9 SAVVY OAK (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Luke Currie 5.5L 9 58kg $15
10 4 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Walker 5.6L 1 59kg $19

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.

2019 Zipping Classic Betting

The season’s top Zipping Classic 2019 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.

2019 Zipping Classic Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Zipping Classic 2019 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 - Ladbrokes.com.au

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.

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.

2019 Zipping Classic Field

The official Zipping Classic 2019 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.

Ten gallopers make-up the 2019 Zipping Classic Final Field with the money on two-time Cox Plate placegetter Humidor to return to better form. Savvy Oak comes off an upset Mackinnon Stakes Day win and was runner-up in the Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) earlier so could prove a value bet here.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 333×000549 HUMIDOR (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 7 59kg 110
2 0x80624754 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 2 59kg 101
3 5516×04287 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Craig Williams 4 59kg 103
4 797×900660 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Walker 1 59kg 101
5 7×32644130 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 5 59kg 110
6 468223×760 DAL HARRAILD (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 6 59kg 102
7 319×090516 MIDTERM (GB) Michael & Luke Cerchi Patrick Moloney 10 59kg 97
8 x70304x736 CHAPADA Michael Moroney James Winks 3 58kg 93
9 41220×0901 SAVVY OAK (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Luke Currie 9 58kg 91
10 x147x27882 MISS SISKA Grahame Begg TBA 8 57kg 96

2019 Zipping Classic Nominations

The official Zipping Classic 2019 Nominations close the Monday leading-up to Ladbrokes Park’s major race day and the full list of early entries will be available below.

The 2019 Zipping Classic nominations feature a host of horses on the quick back-up off a Mackinnon Stakes Day run including the race favourite Humidor who ran ninth in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes and who chases his first top three finish since running in the Cox Plate trifecta in 2018 behind champion mare Winx.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 333×000549 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 1 59kg 110
2 0x80624754 VENTURA STORM (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 2 59kg 101
3 5516×04287 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 7 Archie Alexander 3 59kg 103
4 797×900660 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 4 59kg 101
5 41469×6550 BONDEIGER H 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5 59kg 93
6 7×32644130 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 59kg 110
7 16x821x743 BIG BLUE (GB) G 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 7 59kg 95
8 x30x807090 NEUFBOSC (FR) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 8 59kg 101
9 x70304x736 CHAPADA G 4 Michael Moroney 9 58kg 93
10 468223×760 DAL HARRAILD (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 10 59kg 102
11 319×090516 MIDTERM (GB) G 7 Michael & Luke Cerchi 11 59kg 97
12 41220×0901 SAVVY OAK (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 12 58kg 91
13 x147x27882 MISS SISKA M 6 Grahame Begg 13 57kg 96
14 0xN1021116 RUPTURE G 6 Paul Preusker 14 59kg 80

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.

2019 Zipping Classic Form Guide

A link to the comprehensive Zipping Classic 2019 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
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