The Zipping Classic is a 2400m Group 2 weight-for-age race held at Sandown Racecourse in Victoria. It has a total prize pool of $300,000 and in 2020 will be run on Saturday, November 14, the same day as the Sandown Guineas.
Southern France won the 2019 edition of the Zipping Classic for the Maher and Eustace stable. Miss Siska finished second, with Chapada and Gallic Chieftain running third and fourth respectively. A number of other top runners finished further back in the field, including Humidor and Ventura Storm. Southern France did not race again in 2020.
The first running of the Zipping Classic was in 1888, with Mara claiming victory. At that stage, it was known as the Williamstown Cup, and since then some of the greats have won the race. Prince Cortauld won in 1954, Light Fingers was victorious in 1966 and Americain crossed the line in first in 2011. However, the race is named after the most memorable of the winners, Zipping, who won it four straight times.
Robert Hickmott has had great success in the Zipping Classic over recent times, training the winner four times over a nine-year stretch. He won with Zipping twice before saluting with Tanby and The Taj Mahal.
Southern France clocked 2:32.01 to win the 2019 edition of the Zipping Classic, however, it was a long way off the fastest time in the race over the last 20 years. That time belongs to Hail, who ran a stunning 2:27.91 in 2002.
ZIPPING CLASSIC WINNERS
2019 – Southern France (2:32.01)
2018 – The Taj Mahal (2:31.52)
2017 – The Taj Mahal (2:30.09)
2016 – Beautiful Romance (2:29.05)
2015 – Who Shot Thebarman (2:29.10)
2014 – Au Revoir (2:32.06)
2013 – Sertorius (2:30.97)
2012 – Tanby (2:32.01)
2011 – Americain (2:37.87)
2010 – Zipping (2:39.49)