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Sir Slick Wins NZ Awapuni Gold Cup
Windsor Park Stud's multiple champion sire Volksraad (Green Desert-Celtic Assembly, by Secretariat) added a group success (& 3rd placing) when favoured 6YO gelding Sir Slick (Volksraad-Miss Opera, by Paris Opera) scored a 1.75-lengths victory in the NZ$100,000 weight-for-age Gr2 Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m) at Awapuni. Front-running Sir Slick (ridden by Bruce Herd for trainers Graeme Nicholson & Paul Allbon) won this race for the 2nd year in succession by defeating 5YO geldings Chettak (Almutawakel-Filament, by Lord Ballina) & Butch James (Volksraad-Gillygate, by Grosvenor). Sir Slick (a NZ$48,000 yearling at the 2003 NZB Select Colts Sale) took his record to 19 wins (also including the Gr1 New Zealand Stakes over 2000m at Ellerslie on March 8, plus 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, as well as 2006's Gr2 NZ-Japan International Trophy over 1600m, Gr3 Tauranga Classic over 1550m & Listed Postponed Anzac Handicap over 1600m) & 23 placings (including 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 73 starts for A$1,409,000 earnings. Connections are aiming Sir Slick at Hong Kong's Gr1 Audemars Piguet QE II Cup (2000m) on May 4 & Singapore's Gr1 Singapore Airline International Cup (2000m) on May 17.