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King Of Ashford Wins NZ Hawke's Bay Cup
In New Zealand, 5YO gelding King Of Ashford (His Royal Highness-Zena's Wish, by Super Gray) "toyed with his rivals in the finishing stages" to score by 2.75-lengths in the NZ$100,000 Gr2 Hawke's Bay Gold Cup (2200m) at Hastings, reported thoroughbrednews.co.nz. King Of Ashford (ridden by Lisa Cropp for trainer Karen Zimmerman) defeated fellow 5YO geldings Gorgeous George (Turtle Island-Red Briar, by Amalgam) & favoured Kerry O'Reilly (O'Reilly-Pegarah, by Grosvenor). King of Ashford won the Gr3 Speights Thompson Handicap (1600m) at Trentham on March 18 & Listed Anniversary Handicap (1600m) at Trentham in January. Zimmerman "is now eyeing a tilt at the Sandown Classic in Melbourne in November for King Of Ashford".