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Tusker Wins NZ Awapuni Gold Cup
Windsor Park Stud's champion sire of the last 4 seasons Volksraad (Green Desert-Celtic Assembly, by Secretariat) added another group success when 4YO mare Tusker (Volksraad-Stella Artois, by Star Way) scored a 0.75-length victory in the NZ$80,000 weight-for-age Gr2 Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m) at Awapuni. Tusker (ridden by David Walsh for trainer Murray Baker) defeated 5YO gelding Kerry O'Reilly (O'Reilly-Pegarah, by Grosvenor) & Gr1-winning 7YO gelding Distinctly Secret (Distinctly North-Te Akau Secret, by Lord Ballina) who had won this race in the previous 2 years & was making his final appearance on the racetrack (already boasting 10 wins & NZ$1.8m prize-money). Tusker finished 2nd in the Gr1 Whakanui Stud International Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa on February 11.