Zipping Classic News

Only eight runners will line up for Saturday‚Äôs featured 2015 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Sandown Racecourse; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager. Dandino returned to winning form last weekend and remains outright $3.20 favourite in 2015 Zipping Classic betting…


Zipping Classic

The Zipping Classic is a newly named Group 2 race that takes place at Sandown Racecourse in Melbourne each November. The race was changed from Sandown Classic to Zipping Classic in 2011 to honour the champion racehorse Zipping, who has won the race on four consecutive occasions from 2007 to 2010. Zipping became just the fourth horse in Australian racing history to win the same Group race four or more years in succession following his 2010 victory.

The 2015 Zipping Classic will take place on November 14.

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Only Lord, who won the Group 2 Memsie Stakes from 1958-61, Manikato, who won the Group 2 William Reid Stakes from 1979-83, and Tie The Knot, who won the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes from 1999-02, have achieved this feat.

The Zipping Classic has been called many race names during its long history. First run in 1888, the race was known as the Williamstown Cup. The race was then changed to the Sandown Cup in 1964 before being renamed the Sandown Classic in 1999. It was officially changed to Zipping Classic in 2011.

The Zipping Classic is currently run over a distance of 2,400 metres. Initially, the race was run over 11 furlongs (2200m). The Zipping Classic went through many distance changes until it was eventually changed to 2,400 metres in 1951 and has remained the same since then.

Zipping Classic Day

The Zipping Classic is the headline event on Zipping Classic Day. Boasting 9 black-type events, Zipping Classic Day is one of the most prestigious flat racing days held at Sandown throughout the year. Other races held on the Zipping Classic Day program include:

  • Group 2 $300,000 Sandown Guineas (1600m) – 3YO SW
  • Group 3 $150,000 Sandown Stakes (1500m) – Quality
  • Group 3 $150,000 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) – Quality
  • Group 3 $150,000 Summoned Stakes (1500m) – 4YO+ Mares SWP
  • Group 3 $150,000 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m) – WFA
  • Listed $150,000 Sandown Cup (3200m) – Handicap
  • Listed $120,000 Twilight Glow Stakes (1400m) – 3YO Fillies SWP
  • Listed $120,000 Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) – 2YO SW
Upcoming Races

Group 1

Winter Stakes

(1400m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

WFA

Group 1

Doomben Cup

(2020m)

Doomben

$500,000

3YO & Up WFA

Group 1

Queensland Oaks

(2400m)

Eagle Farm

$400,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Queensland Derby

(2400m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Stradbroke Handicap

(1400m)

Eagle Farm

$1,000,000

Hcp

Group 1

The TJ Smith

(1600m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

2YO SW

Worth $350,000 in prize money, the Zipping Classic is run under weight-for-age conditions and is open to horses aged three-years-old and upwards. The Zipping Classic is part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Horses that run in the Zipping Classic have often come via races such as the Group 1 The Metropolitan, Group 1 Caulfield Stakes, Group 1 Caulfield Cup, Group 1 Cox Plate, Group, 2 Herbert Power Stakes, and even the Group 1 Melbourne Cup.

The Zipping Classic is notorious for drawing a quality field and for that reason is always worth a bet. The talented field of horses that usually feature in the running mean that healthy odds can often be found in the days leading up to the race.

Zipping Classic Betting

Betting on the Zipping Classic is a pretty popular event. Because this race has developed such a massive following and a fantastic reputation for thrilling finishes, die-hard punters lvoe to bet on the Zipping Classic.

Since Zipping won this race an impressive four times in a row, Zipping Classic betting has developed a bit of a following of winners. As a result, punters tend to look to past editions of the race to determine their betting decisions.

When you’re making your Zipping Classic betting decisions, check out those horses which have pulled off a top three result in the past year or two.