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Time Keeper Wins NZ Gr1 Easter Handicap
In New Zealand, Coolmore-owned former Cambridge Stud shuttler Stravinsky (Nureyev-Fire The Groom, by Blushing Groom) added a Gr1 quinella when 3YO colt Time Keeper (Stravinsky-Organdy, by Our Emblem) notched his 2nd stakes-win in a fortnight with a 1.5-lengths victory over older rivals in the NZ$200,000 Gr1 Easter Handicap (1600m) at Ellerslie in Auckland. Time Keeper (ridden by Mark Sweeney for trainers Graeme Nicholson & Paul Allbon) defeated 3YO filly November Rain (Stravinsky-Lady Teruko, by Kris S) & 8YO gelding Sir Slick (Volksraad-Miss Opera, by Paris Opera). Time Keeper (a NZ$65,000 yearling at the 2009 NZB Carnival Sale) now has 4 wins (also including last start's Gr3 The Oaks Stud Manawatu Classic over 2000m at Awapuni on April 3) & 6 placings (including January's Karaka Mile over 1600m at Ellerslie & 2009's Listed Wanganui Guineas over 1340m at Wanganui) from 25 starts for NZ$277,350 earnings.