Sandown Classic

Sandown Classic

Winners and Past Results for the Sandown Classic.

The Sandown Classic is one of the major staying races hosted by Melbourne Racing Club during the spring racing carnival in November. The Group 2 weight for age race is held at Sandown Racecourse over a distance of 2400 metres.

The race attracts the classy staying types in search of another black type event to add to their tally for the year although Zipping made it a habit by winning four titles in succession between 2007 and 2010, which is why it is now also known as the Zipping Classic. Horses compete for prize money worth $300,000 on a day that includes the Group 2 Sandown Guineas, Eclipse Stakes, and Group 3 Sandown Stakes as well. The race is held a week after the Flemington spring carnival.

Above average stayers in search of something easier than Group 1 staying races have a strong chance of making it to the starting gate in the Sandown Classic. The 2500 M Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup at Moonee Valley and the 2600 M Group 3 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington are the likely lead up races although Americain came back strongly to win the race in 2011 after finishing fourth in the gruelling 3200 M Melbourne Cup.

Stronger staying types are at an advantage at Sandown's uphill home stretch that most often is the deciding factor between the stronger contenders. Gallant Guru won the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2006 before winning a close battle in Sandown Classic. Fantastic Love and Grey Song, runners up in 2004 and 2005 respectively, came into the race after winning the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Zazzman also won the Queen Elizabeth Stakes prior to finishing third here.

Show Barry in 2006 and Jukebox Johnny in 2007 placed well in the Moonee Valley Cup and Sandown Classic as well. Earlier in 2003, Legible was runner up in the Moonee Valley Cup before stepping up speed to win the Sandown Classic. Sydeston won both events in 1989.

Among the notable stayers to score in the Sandown Classic apart from Zipping in recent times include Pompeii in 1994, Star Binder in 1997 and Aerosmith in 1999. Shy Heights won a strong contest in 2001 while Roman Arch put in a splendid run in 2005.

The first Sandown Classic was held way back in 1888 as a principal race. It remained so until 1979 when it was awarded Group 2 status. Brave Chief holds the fastest time with a record 2:24.3 seconds in 2000.

Year Sandown Classic Winners
2017 The Taj Mahal
2016 Beautiful Romance
2015 Who Shot Thebarman
2014 Au Revoir
2013 Sertorius
2012 Tanby
2011 Americain
2010 Zipping
2009 Zipping
2008 Zipping
2007 Zipping
2006 Gallant Guru
2005 Roman Arch
2004 Count Ricardo
2003 Legible
2002 Hail
2001 Sky Heights
2000 Brave Chief
1999 Aerosmith
1998 Cheviot
1997 Star Binder
1996 Royal Snack
1995 Count Chivas
1994 Our Pompeii
1993 Tawlord
1992 Silk Ali
1991 Stylish Century
1990 Pressman's Choice
1989 Sydeston
1988 Conbituate Lady
1987 Colour Page
1986 Pharostan
1985 Puckle Harbour
1984 Rich Brother
1983 Al Dwain
1982 Bianco Lady
1981 Allez Bijou
1980 Arwon
1979 Hauberk
1978 Salamander
1977 Tom's Mate
1976 Kiwi Can
1975 Captain Peri
1974 Pyramul
1973 Baghdad Note
1972 Stormy Seas
1971 Gunsynd
1970 What's Brewing
1969 General Command
1968 Better Talk
1967 Future
1966 Light Fingers
1965 Red William
1964 Sir Wynyard
1963 Conference
1962 New Statesman
1961 Twilight Glow
1960 Ilumquh
1959 Royal Jester
1958 Droll Prince
1957 Sailor's Guide
1956 Fighting Force
1955 Ray Ribbon
1954 Prince Cortauld
1953 Royal Radiant
1952 Morse Code
1951 Shoreham
1950 Morse Code
1949 Saxony
1948 Gayness
1947 Columnist
1946 Royal Scot
1945 Counsel
1944 Peter
1943 Claudette
1942 Phocion
1941 Throttle
1940 Remarc
1939 Maikai
1938 Manolive
1937 John Wilkes
1936 Amalia
1935 Garrio
1934 Gothic Gem
1933 Shadow King
1932 Yarramba
1931 Second Wind
1930 Second Wind
1929 Cimbrian
1928 Amounis
1927 Star D'Or
1926 Bard Of Avon
1925 The Tyrant
1924 San Antonio
1923 Wynette
1922 King Ingoda
1921 Tangalooma
1920 Millieme
1919 Richmond Main
1918 Sea Bound
1917 Prince Bardolph
1916 Wishing Cap
1915 Carlita
1914 Aleconner
1913 Sea Prince
1912 Almissa
1911 Duke Foote
1910 Aborigine
1909 Kerlie
1908 Iolaire
1907 Thackeray
1906 Ellis
1905 Demas
1904 St. Ambrose
1903 Billali
1902 Eleanor
1901 Flagship
1900 Paul Pry
1899 Delusive
1898 Auriferous
1897 Battalion
1896 Merman
1895 Music
1894 Taranaki
1893 Jeweller
1892 E.K.
1891 Propounder
1890 Don Giovanni
1889 Tarcoola
1888 Mara
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