Thorndon Mile

Throndon Mile

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2025
Location: Trentham Racecourse
Prize Money: NZ$400,000
Distance: 1600m

The Group 1 Thorndon Mile is a Group 1 event held over 1600m at Trentham Racecourse each year.

Held each year traditionally in late-January, the Thorndon Mile is the co-main event on Wellington Cup Day.

This race was known as the WRC George Adams Handicap until 1983. It was also known as the Jarden Mile or Jarden Morgan Mile while sponsored by that organisation over the 1984-1991 period.

Some of New Zealand’s best horses have tasted success in the race, with the likes of Alamosa, Grey Way, Kawi, Melody Belle & Sir Slick all featuring on the honour roll of the Group 1 Thorndon Mile.


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Thorndon Mile news

Puntura
Robbie Patterson's Puntura took his career-best campaign to even greater heights in Saturday’s Group 1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham ...
Holymanz arrives in New Zealand ahead of Aotearoa Classic
Holymanz has arrived at part-owner Cambridge Stud’s training facility at Karaka to continue his build-up toward a potentially lucrative hit-and-run ...
Campionessa hunting further Group 1 success in Thorndon Mile
Trainers Mark Walker and Sam Bergerson believe Campionessa has turned into the perfect package ahead of the Group 1 Thorndon ...
No Compromise
No Compromise was a two-time winner from a handful of starts for Bill Thurlow before successfully continuing his career in ...
Stablemates set to duke it out in Thorndon Mile
Puntura and One Bold Cat have played a starring role in Robbie Patterson’s successful season and the pair will cross ...
Aegon to chase Group 1 triumph in Thorndon Mile
Andrew Forsman is hopeful a drop back in distance will produce the best of Aegon when the talented galloper contests ...

Thorndon Mile betting guide

Rosie Myers has won three of the last 13 editions, joining David Walsh, Lance O’Sullivan, Craig Grylls and Opie Bosson as the only jockeys to register success in the Thorndon Mile on multiple occasions.

Noel Eales holds the record for most wins in the Thorndon Mile, having won the race on five seperate occasions between 1990-2001.

Melody Belle equalled the great Sunline’s record for a NZ trained horse of 13 Group 1 victories by winning the Thorndon Mile in 2021.

The race is used traditionally for horses beginning their autumn campaign, with a look to run in the Herbie Dyke Stakes two weeks later before a potential trip across the Tasman to compete in the Melbourne & Sydney Autumn Carnivals.


2025 Thorndon Mile Field

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Previous Thorndon Mile Fields

  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks
    No Compromise
    Bill Thurlow
    Kelly Myers
    4
    58kg
    2 Silks
    Habana
    Lance Noble
    Warren Kennedy
    14
    57kg
    3 Silks
    Puntura
    Robbie Patterson
    Craig Grylls
    7
    57kg
    4 Silks
    Campionessa
    Mark Walker & Sam Bergerson
    Matthew Cameron
    1
    56kg
    5 Silks
    Aegon
    Andrew Forsman
    N/A
    15
    56kg
    6 Silks
    Skyman
    Stephen Marsh
    Daniel Stackhouse
    8
    56kg
    7 Silks
    One Bold Cat
    Robbie Patterson
    Wiremu Pinn
    6
    56kg
    8 Silks
    El Vencedor
    Stephen Marsh
    Joe Doyle
    5
    56kg
    9 Silks
    Lightning Jack
    Kelvin Tyler
    Kate Hercock
    3
    55.5kg
    10 Silks
    Harlech
    Mike Moroney & Pam Gerard
    Masa Hashizume
    10
    55kg
    11 Silks
    Our Echo
    Danny Frye
    Tegan Newman
    2
    55kg
    12 Silks
    Lingjun Xiongfeng
    Mike Moroney & Pam Gerard
    Vinnie Colgan
    9
    55kg
    13 Silks
    Diss Is Dramatic
    Lisa Latta
    Sam Spratt
    13
    54kg
    14 Silks
    Lady Telena
    Kenny Moore
    Ulrika Holmquist
    12
    53kg
    15 Silks
    Bad ‘n’ Bouj
    Peter & Shaun McKay
    Lisa Allpress
    11
    53kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks
    Coventina Bay
    Robbie Patterson
    Joe Doyle
    2
    57kg
    2 Silks
    Demonetization
    Nigel Tiley
    Craig Zackey
    4
    57kg
    3 Silks
    He’s A Doozy
    Lisa Latta
    Kozzi Asano
    1
    57kg
    4 Silks
    La Crique
    Simon & Katrina Alexander
    Craig Grylls
    10
    56kg
    5 Silks
    Sergio
    Chrissy Bambry
    Jake Bayliss
    7
    55.5kg
    6 Silks
    Lightning Jack
    Kelvin & Aimee Tyler
    Lisa Allpress
    3
    55kg
    7 Silks
    Funtonic
    Chris Wood
    Ashvin Goindasamy
    11
    55kg
    8 Silks
    Conor O’Ceirin
    Robbie Patterson
    Warren Kennedy
    8
    55kg
    9 Silks
    That’s All Fine
    Ceton Pool
    Sam Spratt
    9
    55kg
    10 Silks
    Sharp ‘N’ Smart
    Team Rogerson
    Ryan Elliot
    5
    53.5kg
    11 Silks
    Clever Ruds
    Debbie Sweeney
    Lynsey Satherley
    6
    53kg

2024 Thorndon Mile result


1stPuntura (+400)
2ndEl Vencedor (+160)
3rdLady Telena (+2250)

Recent Thorndon Mile winners

  • A first-time winner at Group Three and Group Two level in his previous two starts, Puntura took his career-best campaign to even greater heights in the 2024 Group 1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham. Stepping up to the elite level and taking on the likes of last-start Group 1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) winner Campionessa, Group 2 Rich Hill Mile (1600m) hero Habana and Sydney Group Two performer Skyman. But for the third time in a row, the Robbie Patterson-trained Puntura raised his game to a whole new level and continued his dream run. This time, regular rider Craig Grylls took up a position in second, sitting on the outside of the pace-making El Vencedor. Puntura was travelling effortlessly coming up to the home turn, and Grylls decided not to hold the big six-year-old back. He let Puntura roll forward and take command, angling out into the better ground in the outside half of the home straight. El Vencedor fought back bravely towards the inside through the final 400m, with longshot South Island raider Lady Telena launching a remarkable late burst into third, but Puntura could not be caught. He maintained his advantage with powerful strides through the final 100m, winning the $400,000 feature by a length and a quarter.
  • Trainer Lisa Latta has always had faith that five-year-old galloper He’s A Doozy had the necessary ability to make it all the way to the top echelon and that belief was rewarded at Trentham when he ploughed through the heavy underfoot conditions to take out the Group 1 Thorndon Mile (1600m). The son of Zacinto has taken a long time to grow into his massive frame and showed signs he was well on his way during the spring which saw him win two of his three starts including the Group 3 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile (1600m) at Riccarton. Given time to get over that performance, Latta gave her charge one run at the venue earlier in the month to fit him for Saturday’s task and he stripped in top order for the challenge. Despite concerns he may not handle the testing surface on offer, rider Kozzi Asano gave him a ten out of ten ride as he saved ground along the inner throughout before switching wide for better ground at the top of the home straight.He’s A Doozy put a break on his rivals and with Asano riding hard he held out a relentless challenge from race favourite Sharp ‘N’ Smart and southerner Lightning Jack to take victory by half a length at the line.
  • A late nomination to contest the Group One Thorndon Mile feature at Trentham paid dividends for the connections of quality performer The Chosen One as the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained runner scored a stunning victory in the 1600m feature. Having his first start since running a gallant fifth in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) back in November, the six-year-old Savabeel entire looked well suited under the set weights and penalties conditions of the race, having to carry just 55kgs in the contest. Rider Matt Cameron had The Chosen One beautifully positioned in fourth throughout as he tracked a solid pace set up by Wild Moose, before angling into a challenging position rounding the home bend. Momentarily headed by Harlech with 300m to run, The Chosen One unwound powerfully for Cameron as he burst clear to win comfortably by just on three lengths from Coventina Bay, who stormed home along the rail to snatch second from a brave Mali Ston, who also made up good ground in the closing stages.
  • When Melody Belle took out the 2021 Thorndon Mile at Trentham she equalled Sunline’s record of 13 Group One wins by a New Zealander. Having her first start since the spring, Melody Belle travelled midfield for regular rider Opie Bosson and fought off the challengers to win the 1600 metre feature by 1.25 lengths over Sinarahma. She oozed class throughout the mile feature and took her remarkable career record to 18 wins pfrom her 36 starts and more than $4.1 million in prize money.
  • The Group 1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham has always been one of the McKay family’s favourite races, but in 2020 it became much more special. The Mitigator delivered a third victory in the time-honoured feature for Matamata trainer Peter McKay, who had previously won it with Alamosa in 2008 and Puccini in 2015. Even more significantly, it was a first taste of Group 1 glory for his son, jockey Shaun McKay. The Mitigator returned to his usual leading role, and he was right back at his relentless best. Ridden perfectly, he dominated the race from the front and fought for all he was worth when he was challenged in the straight. The Mitigator held on to win by a short head from Wyndspelle, who was a last-start Group 1 Captain Cook Stakes winner over the same course and distance.
  • Shadows Cast gave his rivals weight and a beating to win the 2019 Group 1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham. Despite going into the race a last start Group 2 winner, Shadows Cast started at $21 on the local tote. Jason Waddell crossed from the outside barrier on the Mark Oulaghan-trained six-year-old to settle on the quarters of The Mitigator after 400m. Shadows Cast took over early in the home straight and then held the late rally from Wyndspelle ($6) to score by a neck with Watch This Space ($50) a further 1.75 lengths away in third.
  • Racing dreams for Stolen Dance were fulfilled at Trentham when she earned Group 1 success in her final appearance. The Alamosa mare had been a multiple placegetter at the highest level before she overcame a testing run for a clear-cut victory in the 2016 Group 1 Thorndon Mile (1600m), in which she finished runner-up to Kawi in 2016. In foal to Tavistock, Stolen Dance was retired at the top of her game. Stolen Dance was sent out at odds of $23 with her stablemate Love Affair installed favourite, but she was never a factor under jockey Matt Cameron. Little went right in the running for Stolen Dance’s rider Sam Spratt either, but the mare was good enough to overcome a tough run. Stolen Dance improved around runners 1000m from home to hit the front half-way down the straight and she had more than enough in reserve to hold Watch This Space and Hiflyer at bay.

Thorndon Mile past winners list

Thorndon Mile Past Winners since 2000
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2024 Puntura Craig Grylls Robert Patterson
2023 He’s A Doozy Kozzi Asano Lisa Latta
2022 The Chosen One Matthew Cameron Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
2021 Melody Belle Opie Bosson Jamie Richards
2020 The Mitigator Shaun McKay Peter McKay
2019 Shadows Cast Jason Waddell Mark Oulaghan
2018 Stolen Dance Sam Spratt Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
2017 Thee Auld Floozie Rosie Myers Stephen Marsh
2016 Kawi Leith Innes Allan Sharrock
2015 Puccini Danielle Johnson Peter & Jacob McKay
2014 A Touch Of Ruby Craig Grylls Stephen Autridge
2013 Historian Rosie Myers Stephen Marsh
2012 Say No More Rosie Myers Paul Duncan
2011 Booming Masa Tanaka Jeff Lynds
2010 Wall Street Buddy Lammas Jeff Lynds
2009 Sir Slick David Walsh Graeme Nicholson
2008 Alamosa Paul Taylor Peter McKay
2007 Sir Slick Opie Bosson Graeme Nicholson
2006 Macavelli Miss Mark Hills Roger James
2005 Maroofity Lisa Cropp Mark Walker
2004 Sir Kinloch Lee Rutherford Colin Jillings & Richard Yuill
2003 Zvezda Lance O’Sullivan Kay Lane
2002 Giovana Peter Johnson Carol Marshall
2001 Tall Poppy David Walsh Noel Eales
2000 Pace Invader Paul Taylor Alvin Clark

Thorndon Mile Past Winners Pre 2000

Thorndon Mile Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Surface
1998 Fayreform
1997 Winning Wave
1996 Happiness
1995 Silver Chalice
1994 Z’Oro
1993 Calm Harbour
1992 Just Tommy
1991 Fire Commander
1990 Fun On The Run
1989 Tricavaboy
1988 Golden Boy
1987 Jonny Alone
1986 Pinson
1985 Atrapar
1984 Shifnal Prince
1983 McGinty
1982 Powley
1981 Speculation
1980 Raywood Lass
1979 Polly Porter
1978 Copper Belt
1977 Grey Way
1976 Tiptoe
1975 King’s Romance
1974 An Illusion
1973 Kaukapakapa
1972 Egmont Park
1971 Panzer Chief
1970 Honey Belle
1969 Carlsberg
1968 Bywon/Nausori
1967 Tara’s Pride
1966 Chantal
1965 Empyreus
1964 Gymkhana
1963 Rapido
1962 Starborough

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