Levin Classic Winners

LEVIN CLASSIC AT TRENTHAM WINNERS

The Levin Classic conceived in 1981, it has become of the most important for the aspiring thoroughbred champion. From 1989 for fifteen years known as the Bayer Classic, it is the first opportunity for three year olds to meet at set weights, the Classic has often been the stepping-stone to greater things.


Of the fillies, Our Flight and Phillipa Rush have defeated the colts and geldings, going on to win champion status. One in three Levin Classics are won by the fair sex. As a progression from the Guineas races held at Riccarton in November, the race has franked the form remarkably well. Nine of seventeen guineas winners have repeated their success in winning the Classic.

This is a race that defines the top racehorse. Over half the winners of the Classic have ranked in the top three horses of their year. Unsurprisingly, this race attracts more entries than any race for horses of their age. While the stake is seriously large, it’s the prestige associated with the Levin Classic that owners and trainers seek. For many, a win in the Classic will justify a trip across the Tasman in search of greater spoils.


This is a race that makes champions. Horses like, Our Flight, Bonecrusher, Veandercross and O’Reilly have won the Classic. Who will be today’s champion?

LEVIN CLASSIC (1600m )

 

 

Year

Horse

Owners

Sex

Jockey

Time

 Trainer

 

1981    

Altitude

 

Colt

S R Autridge

1.36.00  

 B Ford

 

1982

Our Flight

 

Filly

M R Campbell

1.36.20

 E Skelton

 

1983

Burletta

 

Filly

J A Cassidy 

1.36.00

 FP Campbell

 

1984

Princess Dram

 

Filly

M C Lyndon

1.35.90

 N Bradley

 

1985

Bonecrusher

 

Gelding 

J A Cassidy

1.36.90

 F Ritchie

 

1986

The Bishop

 

Gelding

M C Lyndon

1.36.78

 D Couchman

 

1987

Young Indian

 

Colt

P G Tims

1.35.75

 N Morgan

 

1988

Krona

 

Colt

P G Tims

1.35.53

 R McGlade

 

1989

Phillipa Rush

 

Filly

L A O'Sullivan

1.36.20

 J Campin

 

*1990

Eagle Eye

 

Gelding

N G Harris

1.39.64

 MP Baker

 

1991

Veandercross

 

Gelding

J Walker

1.34.35

 C Turner

 

1992

Nimue

 

Filly

L A O'Sullivan

1.33.66

 D & P O'Sullivan

 

1993

Al Akbar

 

Colt

G J Grylls

1.43.97

 C Wood

 

1994

Avedon

 

Colt

D G Bradley

1.34.81

 FP Campbell

 

1995

Prussian Blue

 

Colt

S R Udy

1.34.97

 Mrs D Waddell

 

1996

O'Reilly

 

Colt

L A O'Sullivan

1.35.74

 D & P O'Sullivan

 

1997

Love De tor

 

Filly

G Childs

1.33.69

 M Moroney

 

1998

Tobruk

 

Colt

L G Innes

1.37.67

 G Richardson

 

1999

Buzz Lightyear

 

Colt

O P Bosson

1.35.28

 R Priscott

 

2000

Tit For Taat

 

Colt

H S Tinsley

1.35.11

 W Herbert

 

2001

Final Destination

 

Filly

G J Grylls

1.35.88

 Mrs V Hillis

 

2002

Bunker

 

Colt

O P Bosson

1.37.14

 T & SJ McKee

 

2003

Russian Pearl

 

Colt

H S Tinsley

1.34.96

 B & S Marsh

 

2004

Ambitious Owner

 

Gelding

L G Innes

1.34.77

 MP Baker

 

2005

Wahid

 

Gelding

H S Tinsley

1.36.18

 AS Sharrock

 

2006

Porotene Gem

 

Filly

D J Walker

1.40.10

 K Gray

 

2007

Keepa Cruisin

 

Filly

L G Innes

1.34.85

 SJ McKee

 

2008

Altered Image

 

Gelding

M T Coleman

1.32.50

M Moroney 

 

2009

Eileen Dubh

 

Filly

JKB Riddell

1.35.43

F Finnegan 

 

2010

We Can Say It Now

 

Filly

LG Innes

1.34.27

 MP Baker

 

2011

Distill

 

Gelding

RJ Hannam

1.35.97

 RB Bergerson

 

2012

Southern Lord

 

Gelding

KA Myers

1.34.63

 A Tait

 

Although previously run at Otaki in late November, the Levin Classic was transferred to Wellington Cup Carnival in January 2014

2014

Recite

The Oaks Stud

Filly

M Du Plessis

1.36.10

JGG Bary

 

2015

Gaultier

W Eagles Plumbing Supplies Pty Ltd

Gelding

MT Coleman

1.36.67

Miss DM Guy

 

2016

Dukedom

DR & SD Cole

Gelding

LJ Allpress

1.36.96

SP Cole

 

2017

Hall of Fame

Te Akau 24/7 Syndicate (Mgr: D C Ellis)

Colt

OP Bosson

1.35.54

SR Autridge & JW Richards

 

2018

Age of Fire

Te Akau 2016 Sydney Breeding Syndicate No.2 (Mgr: D C Ellis)

Colt

OP Bosson

1.36.63

SR Autridge & JW Richards

 

2019

Madison County

China Horse Club Racing Pty Ltd

Gelding

Matthew Cameron
 

1.35.89

Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2021

Bonham (AUS)

G E Harding

Filly

Lisa Allpress

01.37.67

Johno Benner & Hollie Wynyard

 

* Race transferred from Levin Racecourse to Otaki Racecourse

The 2019 race was the 38th recorded running of the event