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Valley Chief Wins NZ Gr2 Hawke's Bay Cup
Former glamour yearling and impeccably bred stallion Colombia (Zabeel-Eight Carat, by Pieces Of Eight) enjoyed a significant Group victory when 5YO gelding Valley Chief (Colombia-Dainty Lace, by Alvaro) scored in the NZ$130,000 Gr2 Hawke's Bay Cup (2200m) at Hastings. Ridden by Reese Jones for trainer Mark Johnson, the margin to runner-up 6YO gelding Gorgeous George (Turtle Island-Red Briar, by Amalgam) was only a half-neck, with a further 1.25 lengths to 4YO gelding Kaapeon Way (Kaapstad-Leontyne, by Star Way). Valley Chief's record is now 10 wins & 5 placings from 30 starts.