The Levin Classic is the highest-rated Group 1 in New Zealand and the three-year-old feature is popular with punters. 

Past winners have gone on to bigger and better things around the world so it pays to follow the Levin Classic form.

Levin Classic New Zealand odds

All-in odds for the Levin Classic 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.

Levin Classic New Zealand bookie offers

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

Levin Classic New Zealand field

The field contains the best three-year-old runners in New Zealand. Due to the nature of age-group racing, there are often some well-backed runners every year. 

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

Levin Classic New Zealand form guide

Generally speaking, good horses win the Levin Classic, which is why it’s ranked as the top New Zealand Group 1 thoroughbred race. 

Names such as Madison County, Southern Lord, Wahid and O’Reilly grace the past winners list and there’s a stack of other champion winners which we haven’t mentioned. 

Since moving the race from Otaki to Trentham in 2014, punters have seen consistent results from the favourites, which is typically a positive for bettors. 

Follow the age-group leading up to the race and look for the runners which will appreciate the mile based on their breeding.

Levin Classic New Zealand Previous Results & Winners


Year
Winner
2019Madison Country
2018Age of Fire
2017Hall of Fame
2016Dukedom
2015Gaultier
2014Recite
2013No race
2012Southern Lord
2011Distill
2010We Can Say It Now
2009Eileen Dubh
2008Altered Image
2007Keepa Cruisin
2006Porotene Gem
2005Wahid
2004Ambitious Owner
2003Russian Pearl
2002Bunker
2001Final Destination
2000Tit For Taat

Levin Classic New Zealand bet of the day

We will have our Levin Classic bet of the day when the market is released.

Levin Classic New Zealand race schedule

The Levin Classic is Race 7 on the nine-race card at Trentham in January. The meeting also includes the Trentham Stakes and Anniversary Handicap. 

In 2019, the Levin Classic was run at 4:17pm local time. 

  • Race 1: 2YO Premier 
  • Race 2: R72 Benchmark 
  • Race 3: R65 Benchmark 
  • Race 4: R82 Benchmark 
  • Race 5: R65 Benchmark 
  • Race 6: Trentham Stakes 
  • Race 7: Levin Classic 
  • Race 8: Anniversary Handicap 
  • Race 9: R72 Benchmark

Levin Classic New Zealand history & key facts

Originally raced as the Levin Turf Classic, the race was then known as the Bayer Classic, it’s primary sponsor.  

The Levin Classic has first run in 1981 when taken out by the Bill Ford-trained Altitude. It was ridden by Stephen Autridge, who would later in the race as a trainer with Hall of Fame in 2017 and Age of Fire in 2018. 

During the early 2000’s there was concern about the race not fitting nicely into the NZ Racing calendar. It took some years before the race was moved from November to January, which avoided a clash with the 2000 and 1000 Guineas at Riccarton. 

Champion winners we haven’t mentioned yet include Bonecrusher and Veandercross, which were both champions on either side of the Tasman. They help set the Levin Classic as the popular Group 1 race it is today. 

Levin Classic New Zealand live streaming & race replay

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

Levin Classic
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The race replay of the 2019 Levin Classic shows Madison Country, the three-year-old out of the Baker/Forsman stables, kicking clear for one of the more impressive Group 1 wins that season.

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