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Aust-Bred Katie Lee Wins NZ Gr1 1000 Guineas
In New Zealand, Waikato Stud's Australian-bred stallion Pins (Snippets-No Finer, by Kaoru Star) added a Gr1 triumph when favoured Australian-bred daughter Katie Lee (Pins-Miss Jessie Jay, by Spectacularphantom) notched her 2nd successive Gr1 victory in a week by motoring home from the tail of the field to score a half-neck win in the NZ$300,000 Gr1 NZ Bloodstock 1000 Guineas (1600m) for 3YO fillies at Riccarton Park in Christchurch. Katie Lee (ridden by Opie Bosson for trainers Graeme & Debbie Rogerson) defeated Keep The Peace (Keeper-Peace Of Mind, by Wild Rampage) & Our Ella Belle (Encosta De Lago-Kirin Belle, by McGinty). At her previous start, Katie Lee (a NZ$340,000 yearling consigned from Hallmark Stud at the 2008 NZ Bloodstock Premier Sale at Karaka) defeated the males in NZ’s Gr1 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton Park on November 7 & overall now has 5 wins (also including October’s Listed James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes over 1400m at Te Rapa & 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 10 starts for NZ$892,425 earnings.