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The Telegraph

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LEVANTE winning The Telegraph.
LEVANTE winning The Telegraph. Picture: Race Images Photo

The Telegraph is a Group 1 race run under WFA conditions for sprinters at Trentham race course conducted by the Wellington Racing Club.

The Telegraph is run over 1200m. It was first run in 1890 and won by Retina.

The Telegraph is the second of the feature New Zealand sprints over the summer.

Run over the six furlongs, it is part of the Wellington Cup carnival.

It was always run as a handicap until 2015 when switched to Set Weights & Penalties then WFA.

They can run some incredible times on firm tracks from this chute start with the one dogleg bend to overcome. Mid 66 seconds have been recorded.

One of the best sprinters to come out of New Zealand was Mr Tiz and he won the race twice, dead-heating in 1989 with Festal and winning it by himself in 1990.

Some of late that have had success in Australia include Darci Brahma, Mufhasa, Seachange, Gee I Jane and Avantage.

Lance O'Sullivan had an incredible run winning it on seven occasions between 1982 and 2002, winning most of them for Dave and Paul O'Sullivan.

Enzo's Lad won it twice and then in 2020 went within a head of making it a big treble only to be run down late.

Avantage did the big kiwi sprint double in taking the Telegraph in 2021. She led home a mares trifecta.

Levante got a deserved G1 with a bob of the head in 2022. She ran an almost unbelievable 66.18 seconds.

The Telegraph was worth NZ$250,000 in 2022.

Notable winners of the Telegraph include Levante (2022), Avantage (2020/2021), Enzo's Lad (2018/2019), Sacred Star (2015), Mufhasa (2009/2011), Seachange (2008), Darci Brahma (2007), Gee I Jane (2006), King's Chapel (2004), Tit For Taat (2003), Fritz (2000), O'Reilly (1997), Mr Tiz (1989/1990), Courier Bay (1987/1988), Blue Blood (1975/1976/1977), Serena (1967/1968), Meadow Lark (1929/1930), Statuette (1920/1921), Petrovna (1903/1905), Blazer (1900/1901/1902) and King's Bowman (1895/1896).

The 2022 Telegraph was won by Levante from Roch 'N' Horse and Mascarpone.


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Previous The Telegraph Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
LEVANTE (NZ) 5M
PROISIR (AUS) - ISLAND DOY (GB) DOYOUN (IRE)
RYAN ELLIOT56.5KEN & BEV KELSO5
AVANTAGE (AUS) 5M
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - ASAVANT (NZ) ZABEEL (NZ)
DANIELLE JOHNSON56.5JAMIE RICHARDS10
AVANTAGE (AUS) 4M
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - ASAVANT (NZ) ZABEEL (NZ)
O P BOSSON56.5JAMIE RICHARDS13
ENZO'S LAD (AUS) 6G
TESTA ROSSA (AUS) - SHEERAMA (AUS) CATBIRD (AUS)
M MCNAB58.0MICHAEL & MATTHEW PITMAN3
ENZO'S LAD (AUS) 5G
TESTA ROSSA (AUS) - SHEERAMA (AUS) CATBIRD (AUS)
SAM WEATHERLEY55.5MICHAEL & MATTHEW PITMAN1
SIGNIFY (NZ) 5G
PERFECTLY READY (AUS) - PICA PICA (NZ) STRAVINSKY (USA)
R CUNEEN55.0A COWAN10
ADVENTADOR (NZ) 7G
FAST 'N' FAMOUS (AUS) - ALPINE BEAUTY (NZ) KHOZAAM (USA)
M CAMERON55.5GUY LOWRY & GRANT CULLEN10
SACRED STAR (AUS) 5G
FLYING SPUR (AUS) - IRISH NOVA (NZ) O'REILLY (NZ)
V A COLGAN57.0TONY PIKE12
IRISH FLING (NZ) 5M
DARCI BRAHMA (NZ) - IRISH BELLE (NZ) O'REILLY (NZ)
M R DU PLESSIS52.0GUY LOWRY & GRANT CULLEN4
FINAL TOUCH (NZ) 5M
KASHANI (USA) - MY LYDIA (AUS) UMATILLA (NZ)
C W JOHNSON58.0J F PARSONS6
GUISEPPINA (NZ) 5M
JOHAR (USA) - BATTOCCHI (NZ) SUCCESS EXPRESS (USA)
JAMES MCDONALD53.0STEVEN RAMSAY & JULIA RITCHIE18
MUFHASA (NZ) 6G
PENTIRE (GB) - SHEILA CHEVAL (NZ) MI PREFERIDO (USA)
S C SPRATT56.5STEPHEN MCKEE15
VONUSTI (NZ) 5G
USTINOV (AUS) - REASONABLY (AUS) SOUND REASON (CAN)
N G HARRIS52.5TIM & MARGARET CARTER16
MUFHASA (NZ) 4G
PENTIRE (GB) - SHEILA CHEVAL (NZ) MI PREFERIDO (USA)
S C SPRATT55.5STEPHEN MCKEE11
SEACHANGE (NZ) 5M
CAPE CROSS (IRE) - JUST CRUISING (AUS) BROAD REACH (NZ)
G MCKEON58.5R R MANNING3
DARCI BRAHMA (NZ) 4H
DANEHILL (USA) - GRAND ECHEZEAUX (NZ) ZAFONIC (USA)
O P BOSSON57.0MARK WALKER10
GEE I JANE (NZ) 5M
JAHAFIL (GB) - MISS DISTINCTION (NZ) BLETCHENCORE (AUS)
S SEAMER55.5N COUCHMAN10
KEENINSKY (NZ) 3C
STRAVINSKY (USA) - SO KEEN (NZ) JADE HUNTER (USA)
A C PEARD50.5GRAEME ROGERSON & STEPHEN AUTRIDGE4
KING'S CHAPEL (AUS) 3C
KING OF KINGS (IRE) - LOWER CHAPEL (GB) SHARPO (GB)
N G HARRIS52.0MARK WALKER8
TIT FOR TAAT (NZ) 5G
FALTAAT (USA) - MISS KIWITEA (NZ) TRULY VAIN (AUS)
M J WALKER58.5W HERBERT5
VINAKA (NZ) 3G
VOLKSRAAD (GB) - SHEPHERD'S DELIGHT (NZ) FAMOUS STAR (GB)
L A O'SULLIVAN52.5JIM GIBBS3
OUR STAR OF GOLD (NZ) 6G
FAMOUS STAR (GB) - GOLDTAINE (NZ) CENTAINE (AUS)
P D JOHNSON53.0STEPHEN & TREVOR MCK3
FRITZ (NZ) 5G
KREISLER (IRE) - BRIGHTEN UP (GB) SHARPO (NZ)
N G HARRIS53.0N COULBECK5

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