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 Emirates 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 runs on Saturday November 17, 2018.
2018 Zipping Classic Results
- 1st: The Taj Mahal
- 2nd: Dal Harraild
- 3rd: Our Libretto
|1||4||THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE)||Liam Howley||Ben Melham||–||7||59kg|
|2||7||DAL HARRAILD (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Kerrin McEvoy||0.1L||4||59kg|
|3||8||OUR LIBRETTO (NZ)||Grahame Begg||Damian Lane||1.85L||1||57kg|
|4||6||LORD FANDANGO (GER)||Archie Alexander||John Allen||2.05L||3||59kg|
|5||2||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||4.05L||8||59kg|
|6||5||SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB)||Liam Howley||Anthony Darmanin||4.55L||5||59kg|
|7||1||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||James McDonald||5.05L||2||59kg|
|8||3||LIBRAN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Michael Walker||5.8L||6||59kg|
Zipping Classic Race Info
- Date: Saturday November 17, 2018
- Track: Sandown Ladbrokes Park
- Distance: 2400m
- Conditions: Weight-for-age
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $300,000
- First Run: 1888
2018 Zipping Classic Results
The full Zipping Classic 2018 Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Saturday November 17, 2018.
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.
2018 Zipping Classic Betting
The season’s top Zipping Classic 2018 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.
2018 Zipping Classic Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Zipping Classic 2018 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.
- #3 Libran
- #2 Who Shot Thebarman
- #4 The Taj Mahal
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.
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.
Other possible lead-ups into the Zipping Classic field are the Listed Cup Day Plate (1800m) held at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day in early November and the previous Saturday’s Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) that produced the 2013 winner Sertorius (2nd) and 2012 champ Tanby (3rd).
The last horse to complete the Queen Elizabeth Stakes – Sandown Classic double in the same year was Gallant Guru (2006).
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.
2018 Zipping Classic Field
The official Zipping Classic 2018 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.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||6731×76940||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||James McDonald||2||59kg||–||110|
|2||829×794010||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||8||59kg||–||105|
|3||420×837833||LIBRAN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Michael Walker||6||59kg||–||104|
|4||41x8x79159||THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE)||Liam Howley||Ben Melham||7||59kg||–||108|
|5||x8650x4365||SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB)||Liam Howley||Anthony Darmanin||5||59kg||–||98|
|6||x39770x364||LORD FANDANGO (GER)||Archie Alexander||John Allen||3||59kg||–||102|
|7||6x10x24682||DAL HARRAILD (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Kerrin McEvoy||4||59kg||–||103|
|8||40×11117||OUR LIBRETTO (NZ)||Grahame Begg||Damian Lane||1||57kg||–||90|
2018 Zipping Classic Nominations
The official Zipping Classic 2018 Nominations close the Monday leading-up to Ladbrokes Park’s major race day and the full list of early entries will be available below.
|No.||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||6731×76940||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||G||10||Chris Waller||1||59kg||–||110|
|2||829×794010||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||G||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||2||59kg||–||105|
|3||53x16x2172||HOMESMAN (USA)||G||5||Liam Howley||3||59kg||–||110|
|4||41x8x79159||THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE)||H||5||Liam Howley||4||59kg||–||108|
|5||x436013x10||YUCATAN (IRE)||H||5||Liam Howley||5||59kg||–||108|
|6||x39770x364||LORD FANDANGO (GER)||H||6||Archie Alexander||6||59kg||–||102|
|7||420×837833||LIBRAN (IRE)||G||8||Chris Waller||7||59kg||–||104|
|8||6x10x24682||DAL HARRAILD (GB)||G||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||8||59kg||–||103|
|9||48x220x040||WALL OF FIRE (IRE)||H||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||9||59kg||–||101|
|10||42223×3658||SHEEZDASHING||M||4||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||10||56kg||–||92|
|11||2x12714x00||SHERLOCK HOLMES (IRE)||G||7||Eric Musgrove||11||59kg||–||84|
|13||40×11117||OUR LIBRETTO (NZ)||M||5||Grahame Begg||13||57kg||–||90|
|14||x8650x4365||SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB)||G||7||Liam Howley||14||59kg||–||98|
|15||3305531384||NOUMEA (IRE)||G||6||Eric Musgrove||15||59kg||–||78|
|16||164x0x0254||MIDTERM (GB)||G||6||Liam Howley||16||59kg||–||98|
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.
2018 Zipping Classic Form Guide
A link to the comprehensive Zipping Classic 2018 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 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
|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|
|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|