The Sandown Classic is a typical long distance race that takes center stage at Melbourne’s Sundown Racecourse every year in November. The Group 3 race is part of the Melbourne Spring racing Carnival and is run over a distance of 2400M under weight for age conditions. The event was run as the Zipping Classic for the 2012-13 season and is today worth up to $350,000 in prize money.
The 2013 edition of the race was a spectacle of some of the most resilient long distance runners with Sertorius doing well to finish first ahead of Epingle and Queenstown who both had to settle for second and third respectively. The Sandown Classic is one of the biggest races held at the Sundown Racecourse and will feature on the same day as the Group 3 race Sundown Stakes and Group 2 events The Eclipse Stakes and the Sandown Guineas.
The event is actually considered by many horse trainers and jockeys as the ideal progression after the big and highly competitive Group 1 races at Flemington and any horse that took on any events here can consider running in the Sandown Classic. However, the race often suits horses coming from the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes or the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup. The sundown Classic is a tough race and only the best and in-form horses have emerged victorious in recent years. The last horse to win the Sandown Classic and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes double was Gallant Guru back in 2006.
However, Sertorius came close to a double victory after winning the Sandown Classic last year on course towards a respectable second place finish in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Americain on the other hand completed a remarkable Sandown Classic and Moonee Valley Cup double in 2011 and these two horses are arguably some of the best distance runners to grace this race. This year though, the Sandown Classic is expected to be bigger and better with a strong show of high profile and emerging talents from different parts of the country.
Sandown Classic recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Au Revoir||Epingle||Prince Of Penzance||2:32.0|
|2008||Zipping||Douro Valley||Red Ruler||2:35.0|
|2006||Gallant Guru||Casual Pass||Show Barry||2:30.8|
|2005||Roman Arch||Grey Song||Expunge||2:33.7|
|2004||Count Ricardo||Fantastic Love||Media Puzzle||2:37.9|
|2002||Hail||Hill Of Grace||Grey Song||2:27.9|
|2001||Sky Heights||King Keitel||Cinder Bella||2:28.3|
|2000||Brave Chief||Forgotten Hero||Pasta Express||2:24.3|
|1998||Cheviot||Lisas Game||Peak Of Perfection||2:31.4|
|1997||Star Binder||Galilean||Miss Tessla||2:35.6|
|1996||Royal Snack||Count Chivas||Circles Of Gold||2:28.1|
|1995||Count Chivas||Yes Indeed||Waikikamukau||2:28.0|
|1994||Our Pompeii||Long Tan||Doriemus||2:32.4|
|1993||Tawlord||Bon Precieux||Top Rating||2:26.2|
|1992||Silk Ali||Sky Flyer||Brave Expectations||2:26.5|
|1991||Stylish Century||Mantlepiece||Princess Pushy||2:29.4|
|1990||Pressmans Choice||Bassies Pride||Shuzohra||2:29.0|