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 Park Hillside in mid-November at the end of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Sandown Guineas 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 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 Caulfield and Melbourne Cup.
The next edition of the Zipping Classic is scheduled for Saturday 14th November, 2016.
Zipping Classic Field
|1||324×652725||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||–||1||59kg|
|2||x5x23x11x0||BIG ORANGE (GB)||Michael Bell||Damian Lane||2||59kg|
|3||9065×80846||ALMOONQITH (USA)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damien Oliver||4||59kg|
|4||61x2x12x10||SECRET NUMBER (GB)||Saeed Bin Suroor||Stephen Baster||6||59kg|
|5||3087×70873||TRISTRAM’S SUN (NZ)||Robbie Laing||–||7||59kg|
|6||7029×96238||TRANSFER ALLOWANCE||Peter Roche||Chris Symons||3||59kg|
|7||6153×15537||BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE (GB)||Saeed Bin Suroor||Glyn Schofield||5||57kg|
|8||26×16534||SO SI BON||Robbie Laing||Craig Williams||8||50.5kg|
The 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.
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.
Zipping Classic Odds & Betting
Zipping Classic betting opens the Wednesday 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 the last winner to salute at double figures in the market being Brave Chief ($10) back in 2000.
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 since 2000.
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, 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.
Zipping Classic Results
The past 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
|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|