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Levin Classic

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History

TRAVELLING LIGHT winning the Levin Classic.
TRAVELLING LIGHT winning the Levin Classic. Picture: Race Images Photo

The Levin Classic is a Group 1 race run under set weights conditions for three year olds at Trentham race course conducted by the Wellington Racing Club.
The Levin Classic is run over 1600m. It was first run in 1981 and won by Altitude.
The Levin Classic is one of the early lead ins to the New Zealand Derby run a couple of months later.
Previously known as the Bayer Classic, it had been run at Levin racecourse until 1990 and then at Otaki until 2012 when moved to Wellington.
Initially it was run in later November but with the Guineas races just before that, it was moved to the Wellington carnival in January to provide some space between the feature classic races.
Some former grand stayers like Veandercross and Eagle Eye won in the 90s but the most famous winner has to be Cox Plate and Derby hero Bonecrusher with Jimmy Cassidy in the saddle.
On the breeding side O'Reilly would go on to become a top sire of winners on both sides of the Tasman and 1993 winner Al Akbar's claim to fame is being the damsire of the champ Winx.
The Levin Classic was worth NZ$225,000 in 2021.
Notable winners of the Levin Classic include Madison County (2019), Wahid (2005), Russian Pearl (2003), Tit For Taat (2000), O'Reilly (1996), Al Akbar (1993), Nimue (1992), Veandercross (1991), Eagle Eye (1990), Krona (1988) and Bonecrusher (1985).
The 2020 Levin Classic was won by Travelling Light from Harlech and Riodini.
Racing and Sports

Previous Levin Classic Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
TRAVELLING LIGHT (NZ) 3F
EL ROCA (AUS) - CISSY BOWEN (NZ) COLOMBIA (NZ)
S T COLLETT54.5BEN FOOTE3
MADISON COUNTY (NZ) 3G
PINS (AUS) - RED DELICIOUS (NZ) RUSTINGTON (AUS)
M CAMERON56.5MURRAY BAKER & ANDREW FORSMAN1
AGE OF FIRE (AUS) 3C
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - DRAGON'S TAIL (AUS) GALILEO (IRE)
O P BOSSON56.5STEPHEN AUTRIDGE2
DANCES WITH DRAGON (NZ) 3G
SAVABEEL (AUS) - AROUND THE CLOCK (AUS) GALILEO (IRE)
O P BOSSON56.5STEPHEN AUTRIDGE1
DUKEDOM (NZ) 3G
BACHELOR DUKE (USA) - BIANCA BAY (AUS) BIANCONI (USA)
L J ALLPRESS56.5STEVEN COLE11
SIMPLY INVINCIBLE (NZ) 3G
RIOS (NZ) - PLAYACTING (AUS) ROYAL ACADEMY (USA)
M T COLEMAN56.5DANICA GUY9
RECITE (NZ) 3F
DARCI BRAHMA (NZ) - CHANT (NZ) TRADITIONALLY (USA)
M R DU PLESSIS54.5JOHN BARY10
SOUTHERN LORD (AUS) 3G
STRATUM (AUS) - ANGEL GIRL (AUS) RORY'S JESTER (AUS)
KELLY MC CULLOCH56.5ALAN TAIT10
DISTILL (NZ) 3G
VOLKSRAAD (GB) - FAIRY TIPSY (NZ) CASUAL LIES (USA)
R J HANNAM56.5R BERGERSON8
WE CAN SAY IT NOW (AUS) 3F
STARCRAFT (NZ) - WE CAN'T SAY THAT (NZ) GENEROUS (IRE)
L G INNES54.5MURRAY & BJORN BAKER1
EILEEN DUBH (NZ) 3F
STORM CREEK (USA) - VINGTAINE (NZ) CENTAINE (AUS)
J K RIDDELL55.0FRANCIS FINNEGAN7
ALTERED IMAGE (NZ) 3G
STRATEGIC IMAGE (AUS) - DENTED AMBITION (NZ) DANASINGA (AUS)
M T COLEMAN56.0MIKE & PAUL MORONEY3
KEEPA CRUISIN (NZ) 3F
KEEPER (AUS) - JUST CRUISING (AUS) BROAD REACH (NZ)
L G INNES54.5STEPHEN MCKEE1
POROTENE GEM (NZ) 3F
PINS (AUS) - RUBYFOO (USA) DANZIG (USA)
DAVID WALKER54.5KEVIN GRAY1
WAHID (NZ) 3G
ALMUTAWAKEL (GB) - RORY'S HELEN (NZ) RORY'S JESTER (AUS)
H S TINSLEY56.0A SHARROCK13
HAPPEE OWNER (NZ) 3G
TOWKAY (AUS) - MAKE UP (NZ) TAKE YOUR PARTNER (AUS)
L G INNES55.5M BAKER5
RUSSIAN PEARL (NZ) 3G
SOVIET STAR (USA) - VELINDA (NZ) VELOSO (NZ)
H S TINSLEY56.0BRUCE & STEPHEN MARSH12
BUNKER (NZ) 3C
SANDTRAP (USA) - PERFECT (NZ) STRAIGHT STRIKE (USA)
O P BOSSON56.0STEPHEN & TREVOR MCK14
FINAL DESTINATION (NZ) 3F
O'REILLY (NZ) - LOGICAL LADY (NZ) SOUND REASON (CAN)
G J GRYLLS53.5WAYNE & VANESSA HILL5
TIT FOR TAAT (NZ) 3G
FALTAAT (USA) - MISS KIWITEA (NZ) TRULY VAIN (AUS)
H S TINSLEY56.0W HERBERT12

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