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|
|2018||The Taj Mahal|
|2017||The Taj Mahal|
|2015||Who Shot Thebarman|
|1926||Bard Of Avon|