The Group One Levin Classic is one of NZ’s premier races for three year old thoroughbreds over 1600m. The Classic is run each season in January at the Trentham Race Course and as part of the Wellington Cup Carnival Programme
The 2016 Levin Classic Group 1 was held on Saturday 16th January 2015 on a dead 6 with a time of 1.36.96 Winner was Dukedom (Batchelor Duke - Bianca Bay (Aus 2005), 2nd Son of Maher, 3rd Ranipo and 4th Extravagant
The 2015 Levin Classic Group 1 was held on Saturday, 17th January 2015, on a good track with a time of 1.36.67 . Winner was Gaultier (Rios NZ 2004 – Playacting (Aus) 1996) trained by D Guy and ridden by Michael Coleman. 2nd Sardaaj 3rd Huka Eagle
The 2012 Classic was run on Friday 30 November on a Good 3 track and time of 1.34.63. Winner was Southern Lord (AUS) (Stratum (AUS 2002 – Angel Girl (AUS) 2003) trained by Alan Tait and ridden by Kelly Myers. 2nd Le Choix (AUS) 3rd Soriano
The 2011 Classic was run on Friday 25th November on a Good 3 track and time of 1.35.97. Winner was Distill (Voksraad (GB) 1988 – Fairy Tipsy (NZ) 1996) trained by Roydon Bergerson and ridden by Robert Hannam.
The 2010 Classic was run on Friday 26th November and was taken out by the imposing filly – WE CAN SAY IT NOW – a daughter of Star Craft this impressive filly went on to win the Group 1 Captain Cook Stakes at Trentham at her next start. Trained by Bjorn and Murray Baker from Cambridge and ridden by Leith Innes the filly was simply too strong for runners up Blinding and Lady Kipling.
The 2009 Levin Classic was run on Friday, 27 November at Otaki Racecourse with Eileen Dubh scoring a first ever Group winner for trainer Francis Finnegan.
Altered Image ran a race record in snaring the 2008 Levin Classic .
Keepa Cruisin lived up to the family tradition of Group One success and took the honours in 2007 First Sovereign Trust Levin Classic.
Porotene Gem took the honours in 2006 with a great run timed perfectly by jockey David Walker.
The 2005 Levin Classic was another dramatic race with Wahid winning by a nose.
There have been many great winners of the classic but perhaps the greatest of them all was the 1983 winner, Bonechrusher. Check out the complete list of Levin Classic winners below.
Year Winner Jockey Trainer
2016 Dukedom Lisa Allpress Steven Cole
2015 Gaultier Michael Coleman D Guy
2014 Recite Mark Du Plessis John Bary
|2012||Southern Lord||Kelly Myers||Alan Tait|
|2011||Distill||Robert Hannam||Roydon Bergerson|
|2010||We Can Say It Now||Leith Innes||Murray & Bjorn Baker|
|2009||Eileen Dubh||Jonathan Riddell||Francis Finnegan|
|2008||Altered Image||Michael Coleman||Mike & Paul Moroney|
|2007||Keepa Cruisin||Leith Innes||Stephen McKee|
|2006||Porotene Gem||David Walker||Kevin Gray|
|2005||Wahid||Hayden Tinsley||Allan Sharrock|
|2004||Ambitious Owner||Leith Innes||Murray Baker|
|2003||Russian Pearl||Hayden Tinsley||B & S Marsh|
|2002||Bunker||Opie Bosson||T & S McKee|
|2001||Final Destination||Gary Grylls||Vannessa Hillis|
|2000||Tit For Taat||Hayden Tinsley||Wayne Herbert|
|1999||Buzz Lightyear||Opie Bosson||Robert Priscott|
|1998||Tobruk||Leith Innes||Graham Richardson|
|1997||Love De Tor||Greg Childs||Mike Moroney|
|1996||O’Reilly||Lance O’Sullivan||D & P O’Sullivan|
|1995||Prussian Blue||Shane Udy||Davina Waddell|
|1994||Avedon||Darryl Bradley||Patrick Campbell|
|1993||Al Akbar||Gary Grylls||Chris Wood|
|1992||Nimue||Lance O’Sullivan||D & P O’Sullivan|
|1991||Veandercross||Jim Walker||Chris Turner|
|1990||Eagle Eye||Noel Harris||Murray Baker|
|1989||Phillipa Rush||Lance O’Sullivan||Jim Campin|
|1988||Krona||Peter Tims||Roger McGlade|
|1987||Young Indian||Peter Tims||N Morgan|
|1986||The Bishop||Maree Lyndon||Don Couchman|
|1985||Bonecrusher||Jim Cassidy||Frank Ritchie|
|1984||Princess Dram||Maree Lyndon||Neil Bradley|
|1983||Burletta||Jim Cassidy||Patrick Campbell|
|1982||Our Flight||M Campbell||Errol Skelton|
|1981||Altitude||Stephen Autridge||Bill Ford|