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Aust-Bred Katie Lee Wins NZ Gr1 2000 Guineas
In New Zealand, Waikato Stud's Australian-bred stallion Pins (Snippets-No Finer, by Kaoru Star) added a Gr1 triumph when Australian-bred filly Katie Lee (Pins-Miss Jessie Jay, by Spectacularphantom) scored a 1-length victory in the NZ$1 million Gr1 2000 Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs at Riccarton Park in Christchurch. Katie Lee (ridden by Opie Bosson for trainers Graeme & Debbie Rogerson) defeated the geldings Military Move (Volksraad-All Night Party, by Just A Dancer) & Clapton (Ekraar-Lady Tess, by Slavic). At her previous start, Katie Lee (a NZ$340,000 yearling consigned from Hallmark Stud at the 2008 NZ Bloodstock Premier Sale at Karaka) won October’s Listed James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes (1400m) at Te Rapa & overall now has 4 wins (also including January's Gr3 Eclipse Stakes over 1200m at Ellerslie) & 4 placings (including September's Gr3 Gold Trail Stakes over 1200m at Hastings, plus both 2008's Listed Fairview Ford Stakes over 1100m at Te Rapa & Listed Murdock Newell Stakes over 1100m at Pukekohe) from 9 starts for NZ$714,300 earnings.