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Al Farouk Wins NZ Thompson Handicap
Darley shuttler Cape Cross (Green Desert-Park Appeal, by Ahonoora) added an NZ black-type success when 4YO gelding Al Farouk (Cape Cross-Temptation) scored by a long-neck in the NZ$70,000 Gr3 Thompson Handicap (1600m) at Trentham. Al Farouk (ridden by Michael Coleman for trainers Peter & Dawn Williams) defeated 5YO mare Penny Florence (Pentire-Neo Classic, by Godswalk) & 6YO gelding Censored (Magic Of Sydney-Pleasing Lass, by Great Charmer). Al Faourk (a NZ$92,500 2YO at the 2004 NZB Horses-In-Training Sale) took his record to 6 wins (also including 2005's Listed Canterbury Stakes over 1600m at Riccarton Park) & 5 placings from 19 starts.