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Diamond Deck Wins NZ Highview Stakes
Former Australian Horse-Of-The-Year & 10-times Gr1-winning Woodlands Stud sire Octagonal (Zabeel-Eight Carat, by Pieces Of Eight) added a group success when daughter Diamond Deck (Octagonal-Miss Trump, by Last Tycoon) scored a 1.25-lengths victory in the NZ$75,000 Gr3 Highview Stakes (1200m) for 3YO fillies at Hastings. Diamond Deck (ridden by Michael Coleman for trainer Robert Priscott) defeated previously unbeaten Special Mission (Towkay-Te Akau Trek, by Khozaam) & Royal Taat (Faltaat-Royal Wink, by Royal Academy). Diamond Deck is a 3/4 sister to both former Australian Horse-Of-The-Year & 11-time Gr1-winning Woodlands sire Lonhro & to triple Gr1-winning fellow Woodlands sire Niello. She now has 1 win & 3 placings (in April's NZ Bloodstock Fillies Stakes over 1200m at Avondale, May's Gr2 Champagne Classic over 1200m at Doomben & June's Gr2 QTC Sires' Produce Stakes over 1400m at Eagle Farm) from 5 starts. This race was also the 1st leg of the 10-race 2007-08 NZ Bloodstock Filly-Of-The-Year series.