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Alamosa Wins NZ Gr1 Ford Diamond Stakes
Waikato Stud-based stallion O'Reilly (Last Tycoon-Courtza, by Pompeii Court) added a juvenile Gr1 triumph when his colt Alamosa (O'Reilly-Lodore Mystic, by Centaine) scored by a half-length in the NZ$175,000 Gr1 Ford Diamond Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs at Ellerslie. Alamosa (ridden by Gavin McKeon for trainer Peter McKay) defeated Australian-bred stakes-winning colt El Cuento (Tale Of The Cat-Royal Celebrity, by Royal Academy) & Gr2-winning filly Satinka (Stravinsky-Miss Saigon, by Kings Island). Alamosa (a NZ$60,000 yearling at the 2006 NZ Bloodstock Premier Sale at Karaka) now has 3 wins (also including the Listed Wellesley Stakes over 1000m at Hastings) & 2 placings (including the Listed Welcome Stakes over 1000m at Riccarton Park) from 7 starts.