Herbie Dyke Stakes New Zealand

    The Herbie Dyke is a Group 1 in New Zealand and it runs for a big stake of $400,000

    Volkstok'n’Barrell wins the Herbie Dyke Stakes in New Zealand

    Herbie Dyke Stakes New Zealand Betting Tips

    We will have Herbie Dyke betting tips when markets are released.

    The Herbie Dyke Stakes, formerly known as the New Zealand International Stakes, is a Group 1 in New Zealand and it runs for a big stake of $400,000, making it the richest weight-for-age race in NZ. 

    Held at Te Rapa in Hamilton, the Herbie Dyke Stakes winners’ list features some of New Zealand’s premier thoroughbreds from years gone by. Names such as Bonecrusher, The Phantom Chance and La Mer have all won the feature. 

    Herbie Dyke Stakes New Zealand Odds

    All-in odds for the Herbie Dyke Stakes are released around a month in advance but the final field is confirmed a few days before the race. 

    We will have all the latest odds when markets are released by bookmakers.

    Herbie Dyke Stakes New Zealand Bookmaker Offers

    Bookmakers will have bookie offers for the Herbie Dyke Stakes closer to the race time. Typically, bookmakers will offer bonus bets for running second or third in the major races.

    Herbie Dyke Stakes History

    First run in 1970 as the New Zealand International Stakes, the Herbie Dyke Stakes has long been one of the NZ’s top weight-for-age races and that was acknowledged in 2017 when the purse was increased to $400,000. 

    It was called the International Stakes because the Waikato Racing Club invited overseas jockeys to ride in the race. Champion UK rider Lestor Piggot scored a win in 1972 aboard Sailing Home. 

    It was run every two years at that stage but became a regular fixture on the NZ Racing calendar in 1978. 

    Many of the past winners have competed overseas, including Australian Group 1 winners Sangster and Volkstok’n’Barrell. 

    The most popular victory came in 2007 when the “people’s champion” Sir Slick was victorious.

    Herbie Dyke Stakes New Zealand Field

    The field contains the best weight-for-age runners in New Zealand. Due to the conditions, the field contains both top older horses combined with the younger rising stars of the New Zealand turf. 

    We will have the confirmed field when it’s released by the NZTR.

    Herbie Dyke Stakes New Zealand Form Guide

    It takes a good horse to win the Herbie Dyke Stakes as history has shown. Top WFA horses Volkstok’n’Barrell, Soriano and Sangster have all taken out the Herbie Dyke Stakes. 

    It pays to look at the form of the older horses. They have a great record in the Herbie Dyke Stakes and although the light-weight horses might have more appeal, you need a battle-tested thoroughbred to take out this Group 1. 

    The 2000m distance also makes it an interesting betting race as many of the three-year-old runners are stepping up in distance to potentially run in the New Zealand Derby a month later.

    Herbie Dyke Stakes New Zealand Previous Winners

    2019On The Rocks
    2018Lizzie L’Amour
    2016Valley Girl
    2012Shez Sinsational
    2011Red Ruler
    2010Veloce Bella
    2009Mac O’Reilly
    2008Mission Critical
    2007Sir Slick
    2005The Jewel
    2003Greene Street
    2002Emerald Dream
    2000Bluebird The Word

    Herbie Dyke Stakes New Zealand Live Streaming

    Punters can watch the Herbie Dyke Stakes at Beteasy, which has two channels to live stream every race in Australia and the feature races in New Zealand. 

    Herbie Dyke Stakes New Zealand Race Schedule

    The Herbie Dyke Stakes is one of two Group 1 races on the February card at Te Rapa. Along with the BCD Group Sprint, the Herbie Dyke Stakes features on the nine-race card. 

    In total there are four group races, which also includes the Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic and the Waikato Guineas. 

    Race 1: 2YO SW&P 
    Race 2: Benchmark R82 
    Race 3: Benchmark R65 
    Race 4: Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic 
    Race 5: Waikato Guineas 
    Race 6: Benchmark R82 
    Race 7: Herbie Dyke Stakes 
    Race 8: BCD Group Sprint 
    Race 9: Benchmark R72