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Zabeel Classic

Group I race
Zabeel Classic
Location Ellerslie Racecourse
Auckland, New Zealand
Inaugurated 1985
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Ellerslie Racecourse
Race information
Distance 2000m
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Open
Weight Weight-for-age
Purse NZ$200,000

The Zabeel Classic is a weight-for-age Thoroughbred horse race run over a distance of 2000m at Ellerslie Racecourse in Auckland, New Zealand. It is held on Boxing Day, a raceday steeped in tradition that frequently attracts in excess of 20,000 Aucklanders to the famous course.

The Zabeel Classic is named in honour of Zabeel, son of Sir Tristram and four-time New Zealand champion sire.

Recent Winners of the Zabeel Classic






2009 Vosne Romanee Matthew Cameron Jeff Lynds 2:00.60
2008 Gallions Reach Sam Spratt Richard Yuill 2:05.69
2007 Sir Slick Bruce Herd Graeme Nicholson 2:03.81
2006 Mikki Street Bruce Herd Lisa Latta 2:02.84
2005+ Bazelle Jason Waddell Paul Jenkins 2:03.72
2005 St Reims Leith Innes Chris McNab 2:03.33
2004 Lashed Opie Bosson Graeme Rogerson & Stephen Autridge 2:02.62
2003 Hail Greg Childs Bruce & Stephen Marsh 2:04.52
2002 Giovana Peter Johnson Carol Marshall 2:02.88
2001 Zonda Damien Oliver Roger James 2:05.81
2000 Rebel Linda Ballantyne Val Langsford 2:04.11
1999 Del Coronado Paul Taylor Colin Jillings & Richard Yuill 2:01.24
1998 Vialli Shane Dye Dave & Paul O'Sullivan 2:04.49

+ The race was moved from January to December in 2005.


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