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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 2020.
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

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
TRAVELLING LIGHT (NZ) 3F
EL ROCA (AUS) - CISSY BOWEN (NZ) COLOMBIA (NZ)
S T COLLETT 54.5 BEN FOOTE 3
MADISON COUNTY (NZ) 3G
PINS (AUS) - RED DELICIOUS (NZ) RUSTINGTON (AUS)
M CAMERON 56.5 MURRAY BAKER & ANDREW FORSMAN 1
AGE OF FIRE (AUS) 3C
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - DRAGON'S TAIL (AUS) GALILEO (IRE)
O P BOSSON 56.5 STEPHEN AUTRIDGE 2
DANCES WITH DRAGON (NZ) 3G
SAVABEEL (AUS) - AROUND THE CLOCK (AUS) GALILEO (IRE)
O P BOSSON 56.5 STEPHEN AUTRIDGE 1
DUKEDOM (NZ) 3G
BACHELOR DUKE (USA) - BIANCA BAY (AUS) BIANCONI (USA)
L J ALLPRESS 56.5 STEVEN COLE 11
SIMPLY INVINCIBLE (NZ) 3G
RIOS (NZ) - PLAYACTING (AUS) ROYAL ACADEMY (USA)
M T COLEMAN 56.5 DANICA GUY 9
RECITE (NZ) 3F
DARCI BRAHMA (NZ) - CHANT (NZ) TRADITIONALLY (USA)
M R DU PLESSIS 54.5 JOHN BARY 10
SOUTHERN LORD (AUS) 3G
STRATUM (AUS) - ANGEL GIRL (AUS) RORY'S JESTER (AUS)
KELLY MC CULLOCH 56.5 ALAN TAIT 10
DISTILL (NZ) 3G
VOLKSRAAD (GB) - FAIRY TIPSY (NZ) CASUAL LIES (USA)
R J HANNAM 56.5 R BERGERSON 8
WE CAN SAY IT NOW (AUS) 3F
STARCRAFT (NZ) - WE CAN'T SAY THAT (NZ) GENEROUS (IRE)
L G INNES 54.5 MURRAY & BJORN BAKER 1
EILEEN DUBH (NZ) 3F
STORM CREEK (USA) - VINGTAINE (NZ) CENTAINE (AUS)
J K RIDDELL 55.0 FRANCIS FINNEGAN 7
ALTERED IMAGE (NZ) 3G
STRATEGIC IMAGE (AUS) - DENTED AMBITION (NZ) DANASINGA (AUS)
M T COLEMAN 56.0 MIKE & PAUL MORONEY 3
KEEPA CRUISIN (NZ) 3F
KEEPER (AUS) - JUST CRUISING (AUS) BROAD REACH (NZ)
L G INNES 54.5 STEPHEN MCKEE 1
POROTENE GEM (NZ) 3F
PINS (AUS) - RUBYFOO (USA) DANZIG (USA)
DAVID WALKER 54.5 KEVIN GRAY 1
WAHID (NZ) 3G
ALMUTAWAKEL (GB) - RORY'S HELEN (NZ) RORY'S JESTER (AUS)
H S TINSLEY 56.0 A SHARROCK 13
HAPPEE OWNER (NZ) 3G
TOWKAY (AUS) - MAKE UP (NZ) TAKE YOUR PARTNER (AUS)
L G INNES 55.5 M BAKER 5
RUSSIAN PEARL (NZ) 3G
SOVIET STAR (USA) - VELINDA (NZ) VELOSO (NZ)
H S TINSLEY 56.0 BRUCE & STEPHEN MARSH 12
BUNKER (NZ) 3C
SANDTRAP (USA) - PERFECT (NZ) STRAIGHT STRIKE (USA)
O P BOSSON 56.0 STEPHEN & TREVOR MCK 14
FINAL DESTINATION (NZ) 3F
O'REILLY (NZ) - LOGICAL LADY (NZ) SOUND REASON (CAN)
G J GRYLLS 53.5 WAYNE & VANESSA HILL 5
TIT FOR TAAT (NZ) 3G
FALTAAT (USA) - MISS KIWITEA (NZ) TRULY VAIN (AUS)
H S TINSLEY 56.0 W HERBERT 12

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