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Aust-Bred Don't Say Clang Wins NZ Spring Classic
Multiple Gr2-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed Willowbend Stud stallion Clang (Bellotto-Sudden Impulse, by Luskin Star) added a black-type success when Australian-bred 6YO gelding Don't Say Clang (Clang-Caramel Twist, by Mr Jazz) scored by a head in the NZ$45,000 Listed Spring Classic (2000m) at Riccarton Park. Favourite Don't Say Clang (ridden by Jamie Bullard for trainer Terri Rae) defeated 5YO mares Doyenne (Kilimanjaro-Island Doy, by Doyoun) & Quick Time (Zabeel-Fair Time, by Woodman). Don't Say Clang (a $17,000 yearling at the 2005 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale) now has 9 wins & 12 placings (including August's Gr3 Winter Cup over 1600m at Riccarton Park & April's Gr3 Christchurch Casino Easter Cup Stakes over 1600m at Riccarton Park, plus 2008's Gr3 White Robe Lodge Handicap over 1600m at Wingatui & 2007's Listed Southland Guineas over 1600m at Ascot Park) from 31 starts for NZ$185,475 earnings.