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Sir Slick Wins Tauranga Stakes

Monday, 16th November 2009

Windsor Park Stud's 7-time champion NZ sire Volksraad (Green Desert-Celtic Assembly, by Secretariat) added a group success when evergreen 8YO gelding Sir Slick (Volksraad-Miss Opera, by Paris Opera) scored a 2.75-lengths victory in the NZ$70,000 weight-for-age Gr3 Tauranga Stakes (1600m) at Tauranga. Sir Slick (ridden by Samantha Collet for trainers Graeme Nicholson & Paul Allbon) defeated 7YO gelding Casa De Campo (Generous-Dainty Diva, by King Of The Stage) & 4YO mare Alagant Satin (Al Akbar-Glowing Satin, by Noble Bijou). Sir Slick (a NZ$48,000 yearling at the 2003 NZB Select Colts Sale) took his record to 21 wins (also including January’s Gr1 Thorndon Mile over 1600m at Trentham, plus 2008's Gr1 New Zealand Stakes over 2000m & Gr2 Awapuni Gold Cup over 2000m, as well as 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, in addition to 2006's Gr2 NZ-Japan International Trophy over 1600m, Gr3 Tauranga Classic over 1550m & Listed Postponed Anzac Handicap over 1600m) & 32 placings (including each of May’s Gr1 Doomben Cup over 2020m, Gr3 Doomben Handicap over 2020m & Gr2 Hollindale Stakes over 1800m at the Gold Coast, plus each of March’s Gr1 Skycity New Zealand Stakes over 2000m at Ellerslie, Gr2 Awapuni Gold Cup over 2000m & Gr2 Japan/NZ Trophy at Tauranga, as well as January’s Listed Anniversary Handicap over 1600m at Trentham, in addition to 2008's Gr1 Otaki-Maroi over 1600m & Gr1 Whakanui Stud International Stakes over 2000m, 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, plus 2006's Gr1 Captain Cook Stakes over 1600m, Gr3 Merial Metric Mile over 1600m & G3 Great Northern Challenge Stakes over 1600m) from 106 starts for NZ$1,884,445 earnings.

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