Group One Betting Guide
|Date:||Saturday, October 15, 2022|
New Zealand’s richest weight-for-age race at $250,000, the Livamol Classic used to be worth $1.2 million when it was the Kelt Capital Stakes, but the sponsorship fell through and the fields haven’t changed in quality since.
The Livamol Classic always adds plenty of excitement as it is the last leg of the Triple Crown and it’s also the last chance in spring for the quality thoroughbreds to show what they’ve got before heading over to Australia.
Run in mid October, the Livamol Classic is the feature on a bumper card which also includes the Hawke’s Bay Guineas. Due to the timing of the race, the weather typically plays its part and is considered one of the must-attend race days on the New Zealand calendar.
Some of the past winners include Castletown, Veandercross, Xcellent, Princess Coup and Jimmy Choux – with the race being a great guide to the Melbourne Cup run a month later.
2022 Livamol Classic Betting Odds
The 2022 Livamol Classic odds as of August 15 look like this:
- Amarelinha – $6.00
- La Crique – $7.00
- Pinarello -$7.00
- Dragon Leap – $9.00
- Imperatriz – $9.00
- Defibrillate – $10.00
- Prise De Fer – $10.00
- Belle En Rouge – $14.00
Complete Livamol Classic odds available at Neds.
Best Livamol Classic bookmakers
The Livamol Classic is one of New Zealand’s best races and the bookmakers pay a lot of respect to the race.
All of our recommended online bookmakers offer markets for the Livamol Classic which includes futures, fixed odds and tote betting.
2021 Livamol Classic result
Recent Livamol Classic winners
- For the third year in a row, Jamie Richards has trained the winner of the Livamol Classic, with Savy Yong Blonk sustaining a long sprint to claim Group 1 glory. Having been aided by an inch-perfect steer from Danielle Johnson, the six-year-old defied the $8 quote online betting sites had her quoted as and managed to get the better of Harlech late on in the piece. Having angled the widest in the home straight, Savy Yong Blonk produced a sustained burst of speed to drive hard after Harlech, who swept to the lead inside the final furlong, heading her fellow Matamata raider in the final few bounds to capture a valuable elite-level win.
- Having claimed the 2019 Livamol Classic, the Jamie Richards-trained Melody Belle returned to defend her crown, and managed to destroy her rivals once again. Stablemates Avantage and Prise De Fer took over rounding the home bend but Melody Belle was starting to go through her gears as she dashed to the front at the 300m with a powerful burst. Troy Harris had an armchair ride over the concluding stages as Melody Belle comfortably held out Avantage, who had also provided the quinella with her a fortnight prior in the Group 1 Windsor Park Plate. The win handed Melody Belle here 12th win at Group 1 level.
- Melody Belle earned a slice of New Zealand racing history with another commanding performance in the Group 1 Livamol Classic at Hastings. She became the first horse to complete Hawke’s Bay’s weight-for-age Triple Crown during the New Zealand Spring Carnival – the Tarzino Trophy (1400m), Windsor Park Plate (1600m) and Livamol Classic. Opie Bosson moved Melody Belle out into clear air with more than 1200 metres to run, and she cruised forward to slide into second place at the top of the home straight. From that point on, the rest was history, with Belle putting over three lengths on her closest rival.
- After a heartbreaking race the year prior in the Classic for punters, the favourite did the business in consummate ease. Settling in the ideal position just behind midfield, and under Chris Johnson the champ was eased to the outside just after the 800m and the horse did the rest. Savvy Coup won by two lengths on the line ahead of a game Lizzie L’Amour.
- The pride of New Zealand racing Gingernuts was set to walk over the field on home soil in the Spring Classic but it was Wait A Sec who delivered on the big stage. Gingernuts delivered a powerful run as the line approached but Wait A Sec snuck up the inside to pinch the win in a bobbing finish.
- Willie Cazals caused an upset in 2016 with a narrow win. The O’Sullivan/Scott training combination continued their good success at Hastings with Willie Cazals, which was an outsider in the betting at $16.10. The nine-year-old imported runner defied its age in lasting from a short neck over subsequent Group 1 Australian Cup Humidor and the highly talented Hasselhoof. Given the quality of the field, Humidor still paid $2 to place despite running as the race favourite.
- Addictive Habit was a popular winner for punters at $6.80 and it was given a great ride by Sam Spratt. The Lee Somerville-trained six-year-old had always been a popular runner with New Zealand punters and it finally scored its big group one victory. The field was mostly comprised of the more staying types which included Benzini and Nashville, but the win was still a credit to a tough and consistent horse.
- Favourite punters were left deflated after the win of Costume in 2014. Race favourite Shuka had attracted some massive bets from the New Zealand public and it looked the winner for most of the straight, but the Rogerson-trained Costume finished strongly down the outside to down them all at odds of $52. The well-bred daughter of Savabeel had been out of form for awhile leading into the race, but it pulled out all the stops when it needed to. The come from behind win came on a day where the leaders were going well, so the win deserved even more credit. Finishing in behind was the likes of 2015 winner Addictive Habit, multiple group one winner Nashville and New Zealand Derby winner Puccini.
- The Spring Classic has been known to throw in the odd upset and Ransomed was a key example of this. The Gary Vile-trained stayer was more suited to wet tracks and not the good 3 surface which they raced on, but it proved too good to score by a nose over Nashville. The son of Handsome Ransom didn’t quite live up to expectations in subsequent Spring Classics, but the $30 shot had its time in the sun. Nashville and Survived rounded out the placings.
- Shez Sinsational was one of New Zealand’s best thoroughbreds in its time and it scored a popular victory in 2012. The Allan Sharrock-trained stayer entered the race having won twice at group one level that year and it also went to Australia and won the Group 2 Hollindale at Gold Coast. It was able to turn around a poor showing in the Windsor Park Plate where it finished 11th and win at odds of $8.60. The Spring Classic was the first of three consecutive wins in New Zealand before retiring in the Group 1 Zabeel Classic at Ellerslie where it finished second behind Veyron and ahead of Shootoff.
Past Livamol Classic winners list
|Livamol Classic Past Winners|
|2021||Savy Yong Blonk||Danielle Johnson||Jamie Richards|
|2020||Melody Belle||Troy Harris||Jamie Richards|
|2019||Melody Belle||Opie Bosson||Jamie Richards|
|2018||Savvy Coup||Chris Johnson||Michael & Matthew Pitman|
|2017||Wait A Sec||Jonathan Parkes||Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen|
|2016||Willie Cazals||Craig Grylls||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott|
|2015||Addictive Habit||Sam Spratt||Lee Somervell|
|2014||Costume||Michael Coleman||Graeme & Debbie Rogerson|
|2013||Ransomed||Jonathan Parkes||Gary Vile|
|2012||Shez Sinsational||Opie Bosson||Allan Sharrock|
|2011||Jimmy Choux||Jonathan Riddell||John Bary|
|2010||Wall Street||Michael Coleman||Jeff Lynds|
|2009||Vosne Romanee||Buddy Lammas||Jeff Lynds|
|2008||Princess Coup||Opie Bosson||Mark Walker|
|2007||Princess Coup||Noel Harris||Mark Walker|
|2006||Legs||Lisa Cropp||Kevin Gray|
|2005||Xcellent||Michael Coleman||Mike & Paul Moroney|
|2004||Balmuse||Jamie Bullard||Kevin Myers|
|2003||Distinctly Secret||Opie Bosson||Mark Walker|
|2002||Prized Gem||Michael Rodd||Murray Baker|
|2001||Cinder Bella||Lance O’Sullivan||Karen Zimmerman|
|2000||The Message||Linda Ballantyne||John Ralph|
Livamol Classic Past Winners Pre 2000
|Livamol Classic Past Winners Pre 2000|
|1998||Just Call Me Sir|