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The Thorndon Mile is a Group 1 race run under set weights and penalties conditions for milers at Trentham race course conducted by the Wellington Racing Club.
The Thorndon Mile is run over 1600m. It was first run in 1962 and was won by Starborough.
The Thorndon Mile is part of the Wellington Cup carnival in early January.
It has always been run over the mile but was known as the George Adams (Tattersalls) Handicap. It became the Thorndon Mile in 1984.
Rosie Myers has won three of the last nine editions joining David Walsh and Lance O'Sullivan.
Noel Eales won five runnings between 1990 and 2001.
Both Alamosa and Wall Street won G1 miles in Melbourne later in the years of their Thorndon success.
The Thorndon Mile was worth NZ$200,000 in 2020.
Notable winners of the Thorndon Mile include Kawi (2016), Wall Street (2010), Sir Slick (2007/2009), Alamosa (2008), Giovana (2002), Pace Invader (2000), Fayreform (1998), Calm Harbour (1993), Fire Commander (1991) and McGinty (1983).
The 2020 Thorndon Mile was won by The Mitigator from Wyndspelle and Yearn.
Previous Thorndon Mile Winners
| THE MITIGATOR (AUS) 5G |
MASTER OF DESIGN (AUS) - CHARMING RUBY (AUS) RUBITON (AUS)
|SHAUN M MC KAY||56.0||PETER MCKAY||3|
| SHADOWS CAST (NZ) 6G |
PER INCANTO (USA) - AGES PAST (NZ) SLAVIC (USA)
|J L WADDELL||58.0||M OULAGHAN||16|
| STOLEN DANCE (NZ) 6M |
ALAMOSA (NZ) - SONGBIRD (NZ) BLACK MINNALOUSHE (USA)
|S C SPRATT||53.0||M BAKER||11|
| THEE AULD FLOOZIE (NZ) 5M |
MASTERCRAFTSMAN (IRE) - THEE AULD HUSSIE (NZ) SPINNING WORLD (USA)
|R J MYERS||53.5||STEPHEN MARSH||1|
| KAWI (NZ) 5G |
SAVABEEL (AUS) - MAGIC TIME (NZ) VOLKSRAAD (GB)
|L G INNES||59.0||A SHARROCK||4|
| PUCCINI (NZ) 4H |
ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS) - OUR MISS OPERA (NZ) PARIS OPERA (AUS)
|D S JOHNSON||57.0||PETER MCKAY||4|
| A Touch Of Ruby (NZ) 4M |
PINS (AUS) - SYRAH (NZ) TRADITIONALLY (USA)
|C J GRYLLS||52.0||STEPHEN AUTRIDGE||12|
| HISTORIAN (NZ) 5G |
CHOISIR (AUS) - CYCLONIC (AUS) MARAUDING (NZ)
|R J MYERS||53.0||G ALTON||16|
| SAY NO MORE (NZ) 4M |
PENTIRE (GB) - OUR LUCY (AUS) WALKING RING (IRE)
|R J MYERS||52.0||P DUNCAN||6|
| BOOMING (NZ) 6G |
DON EDUARDO (NZ) - BEAUTIFUL SEA (NZ) GROSVENOR (NZ)
|M TANAKA||57.0||JEFF LYNDS||3|
| WALL STREET (NZ) 5G |
MONTJEU (IRE) - VILLA WANDA (GB) GRAND LODGE (USA)
|B R LAMMAS||55.0||JEFF LYNDS||13|
| SIR SLICK (NZ) 7G |
VOLKSRAAD (GB) - OUR MISS OPERA (NZ) PARIS OPERA (AUS)
|D M WALSH||58.0||GRAEME NICHOLSON & PAUL ALLBON||2|
| ALAMOSA (NZ) 3C |
O'REILLY (NZ) - LODORE MYSTIC (NZ) CENTAINE (AUS)
|P A TAYLOR||52.0||PETER MCKAY||2|
| SIR SLICK (NZ) 5G |
VOLKSRAAD (GB) - OUR MISS OPERA (NZ) PARIS OPERA (AUS)
|O P BOSSON||57.0||G NICHOLSON||7|
| MACAVELLI MISS (AUS) 6M |
VETTORI (IRE) - SYRENKA (AUS) POLISH PATRIOT (USA)
|M HILLS||54.0||R JAMES||18|
| MAROOFITY (NZ) 4G |
MAROOF (USA) - HOWKUDAI (NZ) DON'T FORGET ME (IRE)
|L CROPP||52.5||MARK WALKER||6|
| SIR KINLOCH (NZ) 5G |
RHYTHM (USA) - IVORY (NZ) GOLD AND IVORY (USA)
|L C TILEY||53.5||COLIN & RICHARD YUILL||16|
| ZVEZDA (NZ) 4G |
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS (NZ) - CARNIVAL GIRL (NZ) ROUGHCAST (USA)
|L A O'SULLIVAN||55.0||KAY LANE||10|
| GIOVANA (NZ) 5M |
BLUES TRAVELLER (IRE) - TRISTAINE (NZ) CENTAINE (AUS)
|P D JOHNSON||56.5||C MARSHALL||9|
| TALL POPPY (NZ) 6M |
KAAPSTAD (NZ) - FUN ON THE RUN (NZ) RACING IS FUN (USA)
|D M WALSH||54.0||NOEL EALES||11|
| PACE INVADER (NZ) 4M |
WESTIMINSTER (NZ) - OUR GREY INVADER (NZ) BRILLIANT INVADER (AUS)
|P A TAYLOR||51.5||A CLARK||17|
Twenty-four hours on from securing the first Group One win of his riding career, jockey Shaun McKay is still coming to terms with the achievement.
The Gr.1 Harcourts Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham has always been one of the McKay family’s favourite races, but on Saturday it became much more special.
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