Zipping Wins 2010 Sandown Classic

November 15th, 2010

Lloyd Williams’ champion nine-year-old Zipping made history on Saturday November 13 winning the 2010 Sandown Classic at Betfair Park Sandown Hillside for the fourth year in a row.

Veteran Danehill gelding Zipping showed he had lost none of his steam over the years, storming home in a gallant performance to win the $350,000 Group 2 Sandown Classic (2400m) and becoming just the fourth horse in history to take out four or more consecutive editions of the same stakes race.

Originally seven runners were in the Sandown Classic field, but after the rain affected track at Sandown was downgraded to a Heavy 9 three horses were scratched with Rainbow Styling, Kidnapped and Faint Perfume dropping out of contention.

Going out as the $1.70 favourite, the Robert Hickmott-trained Zipping jumped from barrier one and was taken to the front early by jockey, Williams’ godson Nicholas Hall.

On the straight top mare Exceptionally briefly took the lead, but Zipping pinned his ears back and pushed ahead running away to win by an emphatic two lengths – his first victory on a Heavy track and the largest winning margin of his career to date.

Exceptionally ($11) hung on for second and the Luca Cumani-trained Manighar was a close third followed Ginga Dude in fourth.

La Rocket came in last of the pack beaten by over 27 lengths.

Zipping has been in career best form this year winning his first two Group 1 races including the Turnbull Stakes as well as racking up a string of Group 1 placings including their second in the Cox Plate and fourth in the Melbourne Cup.

A genuine racehorse and favourite with the punters, Zipping has now won 16 of their 46 career starts for an impressive $4,531,195 in prize money.

Heading to the paddock for a well-deserved spell, Zipping is set to return for the autumn and attempt back-to-back wins in the Australian Cup.

With the Melbourne Spring Carnival now done and dusted for another year, the action moves to WA for Perth’s Summer Racing Festival.

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2010 Sandown Classic Results

Finish No. Horse Jockey Trainer Weight Margin
1st 1 ZIPPING(1) Nicholas Hall Robert Hickmott 59.0 2-39.49
2nd 8 EXCEPTIONALLY(4) Danny Nikolic Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 56.0 2.0L
3rd 3 MANIGHAR(5) Damien Oliver Luca Cumani 59.0 2.1L
4th 2 GINGA DUDE(3) Michael Walker Graeme Boyd 59.0 2.3L
5th 5 LA ROCKET(2) Nash Rawiller Dale Sutton 59.0 27.3L
Src 4 RAINBOW STYLING Luke Nolen Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
Src 6 KIDNAPPED Kerrin McEvoy Peter Snowden
Src 7 FAINT PERFUME Michael Rodd Bart Cummings