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Zipping Classic Day Tips - Race-by-race guide for Sandown on Saturday

  • Guide to all 10 races at Sandown
The field heads up the straight during the Sandown Cup

Sandown plays host to Zipping Classic Day on Saturday and we take a look at all 10 races across the program.

The Zipping Classic headlines the action with the Sandown Guineas, Sandown Cup, Kevin Heffernan Stakes and Eclipse Stakes also taking place.

Jackson Oldham previews each of the races and gives his predictions:

Race 1 - 12:25PM Thoroughbred Club Merson Cooper Stakes (1000 METRES)

A lottery race to start the day with most of these first starters. Vinland looked impressive winning a trial and Tony McEvoy doesn’t bring horses East of the border if they can’t win. I’m happy to watch this race and not entertain any runners. 

Recommendation: No Bet

Race 2 - 1:00PM Yarramalong Racing Club Stakes (1500 METRES)

Redkirk Warrior looks the best of good things here. His first run in Australia was huge, he sat three and four wide with no cover the trip, hit the front in the straight and just went down to Sir Bacchus in the dying stages. The extra 300m will suit and he drops 3kg, everything looks perfectly set up for a victory for Redkirk Warrior. Sovereign Nation ran a sound second on Melbourne Cup day behind the smart Demonstrate, he should get a good run in transit and be there if good enough. Royal Rapture is extremely honest and couldn’t lose up until his last two runs. This is a drop in grade but he must be getting to the end of his campaign. 

Race 3 - 1:35PM Ladbrokes Sandown Cup (3200 METRES)

The two good things of the month are running in back-to-back races here. Qewy has the Sandown Cup at his mercy. He ran a great Melbourne Cup finishing 4th, that form is obviously the superior form, he should be able to dictate terms with the small field like he did in the Geelong Cup and show his staying ability and be too good for a weak field. Murphy’s Delight looked likely to run turning into the straight last start but he made a substantial amount of ground to only finish 2 lengths of Kinema. He looks ready for the two miles and is set to run a good race. De Little Engine has run two good fourths in the Lexus and the Queen Elizabeth, but he doesn’t win out of turn. 

Race 4 - 2:10PM OTI Racing Doveton Stakes (1000 METRES)

Miss Promiscuity is the one over the odds here. Last start was a forgive run with Moreira saying her action didn’t feel right, and before that run she ran two solid races behind Palazzo Pubblico and Secret Agenda. She’s the each-way value. O’Malley is the class in the race, he rounded them up with ease last time out at the Valley. Barrier 1 is a concern, he’ll get back and will need luck at some stage in the race. Husson Eagle is a question mark. His best is good enough and he’s at his best when fresh, however on his last two performances at Caulfield, he’s off his best. 

Race 5 - 2:45PM City of Greater Dandenong Twilight Glow Stakes (1400 METRES)

Petition was excellent last start at Caulfield when she flew home to narrowly miss Jennifer Lynn. That formline has proved strong, Sandown suits and she gets a nice barrier to get the last shot at them. She is well over the odds. Prompt Response has been one of the most consistent horses of the carnival going down by a combined 3.2 lengths in her four runs this preparation, she’ll no doubt be there at the finish again. I believe that her and Petition should be around the same odds so I’m going with the value. Sword Of Light was brave to hold on for fourth last start at Flemington in what was a swoopers race, the negative is that she’ll have to do more than her fair share of work to get across from gate 18. Want To Rock is another that is over the odds. 

Race 6 - 3:25PM Ladbrokes Sandown Guineas (1600 METRES)

Whilst I think this is a very good race and will eventuate to be an extremely good formline for next Autumn, it isn’t a great betting race. Morton’s Fork, Jennifer Lynn and Faraway Town look to be the main three chances and they all look to either be their right price or below the odds. For value purposes I’m happy to be with Faraway Town on an each-way basis. She hit the line with purpose after getting held up in the straight behind Jennifer Lynn and she’ll only improve into this run and into the Autumn. Morton’s Fork just found one better last start in Comin’ Through who looks to have plenty of ability. Jennifer Lynn’s form cannot be knocked, she keeps winning and there’s no reason she won’t be right in the finish again. 

Race 7 - 4:00PM Quayclean Zipping Classic (2400 METRES)

Beautiful Romance’s run in the Melbourne Cup was nothing short of fantastic. In my opinion, apart from Heartbreak City and Almandin she was the run of the race. She carries 2kg less than her Melbourne Cup rivals and looks extremely well placed to run a big race. I think we’ve now established that Almoonqith doesn’t run two miles so for him to run 6th in the Melbourne Cup was outstanding, getting back to 2400m will suit and if he still has some zip in his legs he should run a good race. Who Shot Thebarman won this race last year in impressive fashion and his Melbourne Cup run proves that he’s going well enough to win, this is a stronger edition of the Zipping Classic however. Big Orange also has to be considered.

Race 8 - 4:40PM Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300 METRES)

Happy to be with Super Cash again. She beat her division clearly to run fourth down the straight at Flemington behind Sheidel and Wild Rain, that’s good enough form for this race and getting double figure odds is a steal. Lucky Hussler has been disappointing in his two runs this spring but this is a big drop in grade and he must be respected. Illustrious Lad has been excellent this spring, running an unlucky second to Keen Array after being checked by a riderless horse and then franking the form by winning on Derby Day down the straight beating Counterattack. Faatinah isn’t without claims after splitting Our Boy Malachi and Lankan Rupee in the Caulfield Sprint. 

Race 9 - 5:20PM Eclipse Stakes (1800 METRES)

Tucanchoo looks to have very good claims in a Group 3 that certainly doesn’t set the world on fire. Tucanchoo has good form from Sydney winning some good winter races, the extra distance suited last start just finding one better at Flemington. With luck from the barrier he’s a good each-way chance. Alaskan Rose has been competitive without looking like winning so far this spring, she can get a good run here and come with one sprint and at the very least can run in the placings. Cool Chap ran very well in the greys race on Oaks Day just finding one better in The Chairman. He's been a good improver this spring and should run well again. Gabella is next best.

Race 10 - 5:55PM Le Pine Funerals Summoned Stakes (1500 METRES)

The Sydney form has been superior all spring and I expect this trend to continue in the last race of the carnival. Extensible has been racing in better races than this up in Sydney, running a close up fourth to Dixie Blossoms and Lady Le Fay. This was the first time she’d been out of the placings in her 10 start career. She looks well placed to run a big race. Shillelagh probably should’ve won last start at Flemington, she was in the worst part of the track and narrowly went down behind Artistry and beating Silent Sedition home. Silent Sedition never runs a bad race only being out of the placings once in her 11 start career, expect nothing different. Vital Importance can be the big improver coming off a BM78 at Sale. 


If you are unable to watch on TV, Saturday's racing from Sandown will be available to watch online thanks to live streaming of Victorian Racing. All races from Sandown will be streamed onto your PC, mobile or tablet by leading bookmakers LadbrokesCrownBetbet365 and Sportsbet. Visit one of the bookmakers and log in to be able to watch the races from wherever you are. You do not need to bet on the race to watch it. You just need funds in your account.


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There are a number of ways to bet on horse racing this weekend from a standard win or place bet to quadrellas and multibets. 

SINGLE: The most common bet. The single bet involves betting on your selection to win, place, or both (each-way). If betting each-way (see our guide for what an each-way bet is), the stake is doubled as you are betting on your selection to win, and also to place.

QUINELLA: A Quinella bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least three or more runners. To win a Quinella, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in any order

EXACTA: An exacta is exactly the same as a quinella. However, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in the correct order

TRIFECTA: A Trifecta bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a Trifecta, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placegetters in a given race. 

FIRST4: A First4 bet is available on most thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a First4, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th placegetters in a given race. 

MYSTERY BET: A Mystery Bet takes the guess work out of picking a Trifecta and is generated by the betting agency’s computer. The computer system will randomly select three runners and if they fill the placings you win the Trifecta. 

QUADDIE: A Quaddie bet, or Quadrella bet as it is fully known, is available on most thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race meetings. A quaddie is betting on the winners of four nominated races, which are typically the last four races of any meeting, and is a very popular bet. 

MULTIBET: Multibets offer a great way to secure big winning returns on your bets as you combine various bets into one, and are proving to be an extremely popular way to bet. A multibet combines any number of bets from two to 25 into one single bet and dramatically increases the odds. 

PATENT BET: A Patent bet is similar to a three-leg multibet but is made up of seven separate bets: three singles, three doubles and a trio. Where a multibet requires all selections to win for a return, a patent bet will yield a return from just one winner.

ALL-IN BETTING: All-In betting involves a bookmaker offering fixed odds on selected feature races prior to the declaration of the final field. All-In betting on the Melbourne Cup, for example, is available for the better part of 12 months leading into the event. The risk with All-In Betting is that you will not receive your stake back if your horse is scratched.

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