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Sir Slick Wins Gr1 NZ Stakes

Monday, 10th March 2008

In New Zealand, Windsor Park Stud's multiple champion sire Volksraad (Green Desert-Celtic Assembly, by Secretariat) added a Gr1 triumph (plus 3rd placing) when 6YO gelding Sir Slick (Volksraad-Miss Opera, by Paris Opera) notched his 5th Gr1 win in a 3-way photo-finish to the NZ$200,000 weight-for-age Gr1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie in Auckland. Front-running favourite Sir Slick (ridden by Bruce Herd for trainers Graeme Nicholson & Paul Allbon) scored by a neck from 5YO mare Ombre Rose (O'Reilly-Lady Chanele, by Citidancer) with a further head to 8YO gelding Dezigna (Volksraad-Label Basher, by Conquistarose). Sir Slick (a NZ$48,000 yearling at the 2003 NZ Bloodstock Select Colts Sale) took his record to 17 wins (also including 2007's Gr1 Zabeel Classic over 2000m, Gr1 Otaki-Maori over 1600m, Gr1 Whakanui Stud International Stakes over 2000m, Gr1 Thorndon Mile over 1600m, Gr2 Awapuni Gold Cup over 2000m, Gr2 Japan-NZ International Trophy over 1600m & Listed Anniversary Handicap over 1600m, plus 2006's Gr2 NZ-Japan International Trophy over 1600m, Gr3 Tauranga Classic over 1550m & Listed Postponed Anzac Handicap over 1600m) & 22 placings (including his last 2 starts in both February's Gr1 Otaki-Maroi over 1600m & Gr1 Whakanui Stud International Stakes over 2000m, plus 2007's Gr1 Starcraft Stakes over 2000m, Gr1 Stoney Bridge Stakes over 1600m, Gr2 Rich Hill Mile over 1600m, Gr3 Lindauer Brut Cuvee Stakes over 2000m & Gr3 Sir James Fletcher Stakes over 1600m, 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 68 starts for stakes in excess of NZ$1.3 million. Sir Slick is now being aimed at the Hong Kong's Gr1 Audemars Piguet QE II Cup (2000m) on April 4 & Singapore's Gr1 Singapore Airline International Cup (2000m) on May 17.

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