Sandown Classic

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Sandown Classic

Date: Saturday 14th November 2015
Track: Sandown racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 2400 metres
Race Type: 2yo+ Open Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $350,000
2014 Winner: Au Revoir

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

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2014 Au Revoir Epingle Prince Of Penzance 2:32.0
2013 Sertorius Epingle Queenstown 2:30.9
2012 Tanby Exceptionally Precedence 2:32.0
2011 Americain Manighar Mourayan 2:37.8
2010 Zipping Exceptionally Manighar 2:39.4
2009 Zipping Purple Master O’reilly 2:32.2
2008 Zipping Douro Valley Red Ruler 2:35.0
2007 Zipping Jukebox Johnny Baughurst 2:33.7
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
2003 Legible Distinctly Secret Zazzman 2:29.8
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
1999 Aerosmith Zerpour Northern Drake 2:30.3
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
1989 Sydeston Ideal Centreman Gopak 2:30.7
1988 Conbituate Lady Concordance Tawrrific 2:29.2