Zipping Classic 2018

Saturday November 17, 2018

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
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight
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.

  1. #3 Libran
  2. #2 Who Shot Thebarman
  3. #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.

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.

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
12 14229×8068 BERISHA G 7 John Sadler 12 59kg 90
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

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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