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Encosta Diablo Wins Welcome Stakes
Coolmore's Australian champion sire of the last 2 seasons Encosta de Lago (Fairy King-Shoal Creek, by Star Way) added a NZ juvenile black-type success when favoured colt Encosta Diablo (Encosta De Lago-Devil's Lair, by Sir Tristram) scored by a short-neck in the NZ$45,000 Listed Welcome Stakes (1000m) for 2YOs at Riccarton Park. Encosta Diablo (ridden by James McDonald for trainer Mark Walker) defeated the fillies Premier Lady (Eltawaasul-Blowfish Baby, by Deputy Governor) & Stardom (Ishiguru-Blazing Bridles, by Unbridled's Song). Encosta Diablo (a NZ$600,000 yearling consigned by Pencarrow Stud at the 2009 NZB Premier Sale) now has 2 wins & a runner-up from 3 starts for NZ$32,225 earnings.