Zipping Classic Tips & Betting Advice

Zipping Classic 2019

Date Saturday, 16 November
Track Sandown
Distance 2400m
Class Group 2
Race Type Weight-for-age
Prize Money $300,000
Age 3YO and Upwards


Our experts will have their pre-race predictions and Zipping Classic betting selections available for the Group 1 race.

Some key Zipping Classic pointers are:

  • Don’t rule out horses backing up from the Melbourne Cup
  • The Queen Elizabeth Stakes is often a handy guide


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The Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) takes place at Melbourne’s Sandown Racecourse annually in November during the Melbourne Spring Carnival and is an open weight-for-age race for horses aged three years and upwards.

With $350,000 in prizemoney, the Zipping Classic generally attracts second tier stayers, and in recent times, Melbourne Cup runners with a strong constitution have backed up in the event 11 days later.

In 2013, the race was run at Caulfield due to ongoing redevelopment at the Sandown Racecourse.

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the final day of the Flemington carnival has been a handy guide to this event in recent times.

First run in 1888, the Zipping Classic was won by Mara when it known as the Williamstown Cup and run over 11 furlongs (approximately 2200m).

Known as the Sandown Cup since 1964, and then the Sandown Classic from 1999, the race was renamed the Zipping Classic in 2011 in honour of four-time winner Zipping (2007-10).

Other feature races on the day include the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m), Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1400m), Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m), Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1200m) and the Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1600m).

Horses to have won the race include: Tarcoola (1889), Tangalooma (1921), Amounis (1928), Second Win (1930-31), Sailor’s Guide (1957), Light Fingers (1966), Gunsynd (1971), Arwon (1980), Sydeston (1989), Stylish Century (1991), Count Chivas (1995), Aerosmith (1999), Sky Heights (2001), Roman Arch (2005), Gallant Guru (2006), Americain (2011), Who Shot Thebarman (2015) and The Taj Mahal (2017 and 2018).

Zipping Classic Winners (Since 2000)

2000 Brave Chief
2001 Sky Heights
2002 Hail
2003 Legible
2004 Count Ricardo
2005 Roman Arch
2006 Gallant Guru
2007 Zipping
2008 Zipping
2009 Zipping
2010 Zipping
2011 Americain
2012 Tanby
2013 Sertorius
2014 Au Revoir
2015 Who Shot Thebarman
2016 Beautiful Romance
2017 The Taj Mahal
2018 The Taj Mahal