Classie Brigade made history at the annual Kaikoura Trotting Club meeting yesterday when he took out the Kaikoura Cup for the third year in a row. This made him the first horse to ever win three Kaikoura Cups, let alone back to back.

Classie is well known for his impeccable standing start manners and his wide barrier draw was no impediment as he sped away from the start to take up the lead from stablemate Matt Damon by the time they hit the back straight for the first time. Heading around the stables bend for the second time he got some relief when Laver came around to take up the lead and leave him in the trail. Race favourite South Coast Arden looked a big threat when he headed to the parked position heading into the home straight, but Classie showed his Class when he took the passing lane to storm home and win by half a length.

Owner Grant Eynon, who had traveled down to Christchurch from Tauranga, was ecstatic after the win. “Unbelievable! … When it wasn’t at Kaikoura we thought we’d have less chance, but I’m still having a heart attack after winning that!” he told Greg O’Connor after the race and after having trouble deciding whether he’d come down for Cup Week he now says he’ll be here “with bells on”.

Known as “The Old Boy” around the stables, Classie has had an incredible career finishing 2nd in the Derby behind Lazarus way back in 2016, he then struggled with niggling injuries before being sent to us to train at the beach where he has thrived. Robert believes he is currently in the best form of his career, and his formline would suggest that’s true. In his 8 year old season he has placed in 14 of his 21 starts, the majority of which have been at Group level.

The Diamond Racing team are excited heading into this year’s New Zealand Cup with Classie. A wind op earlier in the year and an improved ability to follow the speed and break through gives him a more than decent chance of finally getting that elusive Group 1 victory – especially if he can get a front line draw.

Pin It on Pinterest