The Telegraph Handicap is one of New Zealand’s premier sprint races. It’s held at Trentham in January and the past winners are all popular names in sprinting folklore.
Telegraph New Zealand Betting Tips
We will have final-field tips for the Telegraph Handicap when it is released three days prior to the running, however, punters can bet into the market around four months before the Telegraph Handicap is run.
Bookmakers offer a comprehensive 2020 Telegraph Handicap market with all the major runners covered.
Telegraph New Zealand Odds
Bookmakers don’t currently have any odds available for the 2020 Telegraph Handicap but we will update them when they are released.
Telegraph New Zealand Bookmaker Offers
Telegraph New Zealand History
The Telegraph Handicap has a long history in New Zealand of being a premier sprinting race. Held at the bottom of the North Island in Wellington, the Telegraph is a targeted race for most trainers.
It used to be run for $1 million, but a significant stake decrease in New Zealand sees its current stake worth $250,000.
First run in 1891, it’s one of New Zealand’s oldest sprinting races and along with the Railway Stakes NZ, it is one of two Group 1 1200m features.
Some of New Zealand’s best thoroughbreds have won the Telegraph Handicap. The past winners’ list includes names such as Mufhasa, Seachange, Darci Brahma, O’Reilly and Mr Tiz.
To win the Telegraph Handicap is a big achievement for any sprinting thoroughbred and given the good conditions of the Trentham track, it’s typically a fair race.
Telegraph New Zealand Field
The field for the 2020 Telegraph Handicap won’t be confirmed until early January when NZTR releases the final field, barrier draw and weights.
The Telegraph Handicap field consists of 18 runners and four emergency runners in case of scratchings. The field is determined by prize money, class and various other handicapping factors.
Telegraph New Zealand Form Guide
The Railway Stakes NZ is best form guide for the Telegraph. There aren’t many other top-flight sprinting races in New Zealand, so it’s clearly the best guide.
Some winners have come through the Concorde, which used to be run at Avondale but was moved to Ellerslie when the NZ Racing schedule was changed.
It often takes a good horse to win the Telegraph Handicap, but it also suits the southern runners, due to it being run left handed. Adventador, Signify and Enzo’s Lad have won recently and they’re all used to running left handed.
Keep an eye on the sprinters which have been running well down south.
Telegraph New Zealand Previous Winners
|2006||Gee I Jane|
|2003||Tit For Taat|
|2001||Star of Gold|
Telegraph New Zealand Live Streaming
Punters can livestream the Telegraph Handicap at Beteasy or bet365. The Australian-based bookmakers shows all Australian and New Zealand racing live and all you need to do is have a positive account balance.
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Telegraph New Zealand Barrier Draw
We will have all barrier draws available when the draw is done during the week of the 2020 Telegraph Handicap.
The barrier draw is a big tool used by punters to make their early bets.
Telegraph New Zealand Race Schedule
Below are the dates, times and betting schedule for the Telegraph Handicap and the 9 supporting races on the big card.
|Date||January 18, 2020|
|Conditions||SW & P|
The Telegraph Handicap is one of 10 quality betting races, which also includes the Group 1 Thorndon Mile, the Wellington Cup and two Group 3 races.
- Race 1: Premier Open 3YO
- Race 2: Rating 65
- Race 3: Rating 72
- Race 4: Rating 72
- Race 5: Thorndon Mile
- Race 6: Rating 65
- Race 7: Telegraph Handicap
- Race 8: Desert Gold Stakes
- Race 9: Wellington Cup
- Race 10: Rating 82
Telegraph New Zealand 2019 Result
- 1st – Enzo's Lad
- 2nd - Ferrando
- 3rd - Sensei/Signify
Enzo’s Lad scored his second consecutive Telegraph Handicap, after being victorious in 2018. Apart from Ferrando in second placing, the four-horse trifecta featured three southern horses.
Telegraph New Zealand 2019 Replay
The 2019 Telegraph Handicap replay shows Enzo’s Lad finishing off too strongly for his rivals. It was a gallant effort from the repeat winner.
Telegraph New Zealand FAQ
When is the 2020 Telegraph Handicap?
The 2019 Telegraph Handicap runs on Saturday January 18, 2020.
How long is the Telegraph Handicap?
The sprinting contest is run over 1200m.
Where is the Telegraph Handicap held?
The Telegraph is held at Trentham, which is located in Wellington, New Zealand.
What time does the Telegraph Handicap run?
The Telegraph Handicap is held at 3:45pm NZ.
Who won the 2019 Telegraph Handicap?
Enzo’s Lad won the 2019 Telegraph Handicap for trainer Michael Pitman.
Who won the 2018 Telegraph Handicap?
Enzo’s Lad. His first of two.
What’s the prize money for the 2020 Telegraph Handicap?
$250,000 is the total prize pool for the 2020 Telegraph Handicap.