Thorndon Mile

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The Thorndon Mile (formally George Adams (Tattersalls) Handicap) is a Group One (G1) Thoroughbred horse race contested over 1,600 metres (one mile) and is held at Trentham Racecourse, Wellington, New Zealand. The race is run on Wellington Cup day, traditionally the last Saturday of January.


The purse for this race is NZD$200,000.

This race was known as the WRC George Adams Handicap until 1883. It was also known as the Jarden Mile or Jarden Morgan Mile while sponsored by that organisation over the 1984-1991 period. Later sponsors have included Hutt Valley Cartage.

The race has been won by many of the best horses in New Zealand, such as Kawi, Wall Street, Sir Slick, Alamosa, McGinty and Grey Way.

Winners of the Thorndon Mile

2020The MitigatorShaun McKay [1] Peter McKay [2] RP Davis, TE Luke, N Butterfield, PT Fenwick, JP Hopkins1:35.47
2019Shadows Cast [3] Jason WaddellMark OulaghanRon Cunningham1:35.17
2018Stolen Dance [4] Sam SprattMurray Baker & Andrew ForsmanGA Shand1:36.48
2017Thee Auld Floozie [5] Rosie MyersStephen MarshP D Craighead, L G Ford, S B Marsh, M C Roughead, Two Fat Cows Syndicate, J G & Mrs S K Young1:35.03
2016KawiLeith InnesAllan SharrockAA Baeyertz, JP Goodin, GA MacDonald, GH Phillips & Est late RW Sharrock1:35.16
2015 Puccini Danielle JohnsonPeter & Jacob McKayMonovale Holdings1:34.11
2014A Touch Of RubyCraig GryllsStephen AutridgeThe Whitby Bloodstock Trust1:34.53
2013HistorianRosie MyersGary AltonNgai Chun-Hung1:34.51
2012Say No MoreRosie MyersPaul DuncanT N Boys, D B Capes, P G Harris, B G Hutchinson & R W Mackenzie1:37.69
2011BoomingMasa TanakaJeff LyndsDR Frampton & GKV Holdings Limited1:34.96
2010Wall StreetBuddy LammasJeff LyndsG G Syndicate, Limited, G K V Holdings Limited & M A Head1:33.86
2009 Sir Slick David WalshGraeme NicholsonBN Brown & GA Nicholson1:34.26
2008AlamosaPaul TaylorPeter McKayTE Luke, Mrs K & PN McKay1:35.18
2007 Sir Slick Opie BossonGraeme NicholsonBN Brown & GA Nicholson1:34.20
2006Macavelli MissMark HillsRoger JamesGR, KR & Mrs MJ Downey1:34.10
2005MaroofityLisa CroppMark WalkerTauranga Racing Syndicate1:34.73
2004Sir KinlochLee Rutherford Colin Jillings & Richard YuillHS, HS & SS Dyke1:36.84
2003Zvezda Lance O'Sullivan Kay LaneKDH Lane1:35.69
2002GiovanaPeter JohnsonRoger JamesCA Marshall1:33.92
2001Tall PoppyDavid WalshNoel EalesGB & RS Fell1:35.20
2000Pace InvaderPaul TaylorAlvin ClarkPR Dickinson, AR & EJ Johnson & CT Wintle1:34.34
1999SurfaceNoel HarrisNoel EalesND Eales & JD & Mrs PM Willis1:34.88
1998FayreformOpie BossonStephen AutridgeHaunui Farm Limited & GH Madill1:35.63
1997Winning WaveLee RutherfordFrank & Craig RichieCR Edkins, RB Fickling, BW Freeman & RH Jensen1:34.29
1996HappinessBruce ComptonNoel EalesChantilly Lodge Syndicate1:34.77
1995Silver ChaliceStewart CampbellRichard BothwellJE & RJ Bothwell, Mrs JA & WJ Stewart1:35.19
1994Z'OroJo WalshFrank RichieTW Archer & JH Zolezzi1:33.41
1993Calm Harbour Lance O'Sullivan Noel EalesPRT Thorburn1:35.39
1992Just TommyChris JohnsonJohn MeltonWA Thomas1:36.36
1991Fire Commander Lance O'Sullivan Robert CowellAA Blackwell, BJ Lindsay & DA Smith1:35.22
1990Fun On The RunDavid WalshNoel EalesA Dennison, Mrs J Lee, Miss M Short & T Taylor1:33.94
1989TrivacavaboyK L ClappertonDW & Mrs EJ & RJ Eagar1:35.84
1988Golden KingP J MercerWG Ivil, BB O’Donnell & IAH Symes1:33.79
1987Jonny AlonePaul TaylorBT JonesMr and Mrs JT Aspinall1:37.88
1986PinsonJim C CollettJR Drought, JW Fraser, FA Long & JR Todd1:38.45
1985AtraparMR CampbellWJ Calder, LevinWJ Calder1:36.46
1984Shifnal PrinceDavid PeakeJE Winder, CambridgeCR O’Grady & CW Reynolds1:35.08
1983McGinty Jim Cassidy Colin Jillings, TakaniniKeith Haub & B J McCahill1:32.99
1982PowleyJD PankhurstHA Anderton, WingatuiHA Anderton1:34.75
1981SpeculationM CampbellMR Campbell, AwapuniAW Fogden & J Willis1:35.25
1980Raywood LassP BelshamE Rayner, MartonCJB Norwood & EW Rayner1:37.00
1979Polly PorterRB WeaverP Wright, WintonMrs P Wright1:34.5
1978Copper BeltJW WalkerBF Deacon, HaweraK and Mrs Gray1:35.00
1977 Grey Way RJ (Bob) Skelton EP Corby, WashdykePG South1:35.50
1976TiptoeCP McNabE Ropiha, WoodvilleAS Fell1:36.5
1975King's Romance WD (Bill) Skelton J McKendrick1:33.00
1974An IllusionBP ThomsonJP Norman1:35.50
1973Kaukapakapa RJ (Bob) Skelton GD Cameron1:35.00
1972Egmont ParkNG HarrisIF McGuire1:39.00
1971Panzer ChiefGN McLieshPD Moran1:35.00
1970Honey BelleDavid PeakeJ Sarten1:34.00
1969CarlsbergHN RuahihiWL Aitken & WW Tatham1:34.50
1968 dead heatBywonDavid PeakeGP Broun1:35.50
1968 dead heatNausoriBF AndrewsMrs UE Matthews & EB Reid1:35.5
1967Tara's PrideJF GryllsCW Ansford1:34.25
1966ChantalGL WilletsMiss LE Jamieson1:36.00
1965EmpyreusRW TaylorHN Phelan1:36.25
1964GymkhanaRW TaylorED Martin1:36.25
1963RapidoWJ MudfordWB Priscott1:35.50
1962StarboroughGP HulmeH Cleland1:36.50

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