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Sir Slick Wins NZ International Trophy
In New Zealand, Windsor Park Stud's multiple champion sire Volksraad (Green Desert-Celtic Assembly, by Secretariat) added a group success when 5YO gelding Sir Slick (Volksraad-Miss Opera, by Paris Opera) continued his extraordinary winning streak (3 successive Gr1 triumphs, a Gr1 runner-up last start & now a Gr2 victory in just 8 weeks) with a half-length win (for the 2nd successive season) in the NZ$125,000 Gr2 Japan-NZ International Trophy (1600m) at Tauranga. Hot favourite Sir Slick (ridden by Opie Bosson for trainer Graeme Nicholson) defeated 4YO gelding Final Reality (Howbaddouwantit-Virtual Reality, by Jugular) & 6YO mare Sarajay (Danasinga-Sriwijaya, by Last Tycoon). Sir Slick (a NZ$48,000 yearling at the 2003 NZ Bloodstock Select Colts Sale) took his record to 13 wins (also including the Gr1 Otaki-Maori over 1600m on February 24, Gr1 Whakanui Stud International Stakes over 2000m on February 10 & Gr1 Thorndon Mile over 1600m on January 27, plus the Listed Anniversary Handicap over 1600m on January 20 & 2006's Gr3 Tauranga Classic over 1550m, Listed Postponed Anzac Handicap over 1600m & Gr2 NZ-Japan International Trophy over 1600m) & 17 placings (including last start's Gr1 Starcraft Stakes over 2000m at Ellerslie on March 10, plus the Gr2 Rich Hill Mile over 1600m at Ellerslie on January 6, as well as 2006's Gr1 Captain Cook Stakes over 1600m, Gr3 Merial Metric Mile over 1600m & G3 Great Northern Challenge Stakes over 1600m) from 53 starts.