Sandown Cup News

Fifteen talented stayers have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2015 Sandown Cup (3200m); offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager. Almoonqith will have his second-consecutive run over the distance having contested last week’s Melbourne Cup, and remains…

Sandown Cup

The 2015 Sandown Cup is a Listed staying race held annually in November at Melbourne’s Sandown Racecourse.

Run over 3200 metres, or two miles, the $150,000 Sandown Cup is a genuine staying test and attracts a field of quality stayers who may just lack the class to qualify for the highly competitive Melbourne Cup field.

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The 2015 Sandown Cup will be held on November 14th, 2015.

Many horses who are being aimed at the Melbourne Cup but fail to make the field are then entered for the Sandown Cup which provides a quality back-up option. There is also a $100,000 bonus for a horse who was aimed at the Caulfield Cup or Melbourne Cup but didn’t start in either and ends up winning the Sandown Cup. This is considerable encouragement for those who have paid the considerable early stage acceptance fees for the former races.

The race has become popular with overseas trainers who bring their charges to Australia with Melbourne Cup ambitions which has become increasingly difficult to gain entry into.

Given its distance of 3200m, it is no secret that European horses have an advantage as they do in the Melbourne Cup. The Sandown Cup is one of very few races in Australia which remain at 3200m, a distance that was once a lot more popular than it is today. Renewed calls for more staying events over 3000m+ might see the Sandown Cup receive some more recognition over the coming years, with an upgrade to Group 3 possibly on the cards.

However, until then it is likely that the Sandown Cup will be dominated by European horses or specialist Australian stayers.

Sandown Cup – Key Information

  • Date: November
  • Track: Sandown Racecourse
  • Distance: 3,200m
  • Race Type: Open, Handicap
  • Grade: Listed
  • Prize Money: $150,000

Some Sandown Cup lead-up races include other listed or non black-type staying events over similar distances held earlier in the spring carnival. It can be difficult to accurately determine leadup races in advance, because many horses may have been initially targeting other events.

Sandown Cup is held on Zipping Classic Day, which is the last meet with group racing for the spring carnival. As a result, many horses head to the paddock following their Sandown Cup run. Some choose to head over to Western Australia to target some of the group events over there, although those fields are almost always largely made up of western horses.

Sandown Cup Bonus

In order to help attract quality entrants, the Sandown Cup is an attractive option for Melbourne Cup entrants who fail to make the final field.

Any horse that was entered for the Melbourne Cup but does not make the final ballot, is eligible for a $100,000 bonus if they are successful in the Sandown staying feature.

The Sandown Cup bonus has seen many top quality horses target the listed event, ensuring an exciting race each year with some big names involved.

Recent Sandown Cup Winners

The 2015 Sandown Cup results will be decided on Zipping Classic Day.

2014 saw Irish import Renew take out the Sandown Cup ahead of Like A Carousel in silver for a second year running and Shoreham in third.

The 2013 Sandown Cup winner was Caravan Rolls On, who went on to win the 2014 Geelong Cup. In second place was Like A Carousel, followed by Crafty Cruiser and then Brayroan in fourth.

In 2012 the Sandown Cup was won by European entire Ibicenco who produced a gutsy staying performance to outlast Reuben Percival and Unusual Suspect.

Ibicenco was part of high profile European trainer Luca Cumani’s spring team but failed to make the Melbourne Cup field and as such collected the $100,000 Sandown Cup bonus in addition to the $90,000 prize money offered for first place.

In 2011 it was won by Robert Smerdon-trained gelding Olympic Win who scored a nail-biting victory over Our Serena and Norsqui.

The 2010 winner was Macedonian, who got up over Above Average and Mourayan.

Sandown Racecourse

Sandown Racecourse is one of four horse racing tracks in the Victorian capital of Melbourne.

The main track, Sandown-Hillside – which hosts the Sandown Cup, boasts a quality surface and is 2087 metres in circumference with a long home straight of 491 metres.

Apart from the Sandown Cup, the course also holds the Group 2 Zipping Classic, the Group 2 Sandown Guineas, the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes and the Group 3 Sandown Stakes.

Sandown Cup Betting

Sandown Cup betting is a fairly popular affair, with plenty of locals turning out to the tracks for a punt. The vast majority of betting on the Sandown Cup, however, is done by punters at home using online betting services.

Whichever way you decide to bet, there are a few sensible ways to go out. When making your selections, look for horses with good recent form over 3200m. Not a lot of horses race at this distance in Australia, so horses who have proven they can run it out are a safe bet. Next, look for any horse that may not have run at that distance but has finished very strongly over shorter distances.

Your Sandown Cup betting selections should also focus on horses that have previously ran at the track. Keep an eye on the market movers, jockeys and barriers. Once you’ve got an idea of how you’d like to punt, head over to, or any other online bookie, and happy punting!