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Sir Slick Wins NZ Awapuni Gold Cup
Windsor Park Stud's 7-time champion NZ sire Volksraad (Green Desert-Celtic Assembly, by Secretariat) added a NZ group success when evergreen 8YO gelding Sir Slick (Volksraad-Miss Opera, by Paris Opera) scored a 1.75-lengths victory in the NZ$85,000 Gr2 Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m) at Awapuni. Sir Slick (ridden by Samantha Collet for trainers Graeme Nicholson & Paul Allbon) defeated fellow 8YO gelding Manonamission (Kilimanjaro-Arctic Life, by Arctic Tern) & 5YO gelding Red Ruler (Viking Ruler-Ransom Bay, by Red Ransom). Sir Slick (a NZ$48,000 yearling at the 2003 NZB Select Colts Sale) took his record to 22 wins (also including 2009's Gr1 Thorndon Mile over 1600m at Trentham & Gr3 Tauranga Stakes over 1600m at Tauranga, 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 2009's Gr1 Doomben Cup over 2020m at Doomben, Gr1 Skycity New Zealand Stakes over 2000m at Ellerslie, Gr2 Hollindale Stakes over 1800m at the Gold Coast, Gr2 Awapuni Gold Cup over 2000m at Awapuni, Gr2 Japan/NZ Trophy at Tauranga, Gr3 Doomben Handicap over 2020m at Doomben & Listed Anniversary Handicap over 1600m at Trentham, plus 2008's Gr1 Otaki-Maroi over 1600m & Gr1 Whakanui Stud International Stakes over 2000m, as well as 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, in addition to 2006's Gr1 Captain Cook Stakes over 1600m, Gr3 Merial Metric Mile over 1600m & G3 Great Northern Challenge Stakes over 1600m) from 117 starts for NZ$1,952,870 earnings.