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Aust-Bred We Can Say It Now Wins NZ Gr1 Captain Cook
In New Zealand, Arrowfield Stud stallion & 5-time Gr1-winning 2nd-crop sire Starcraft (Soviet Star-Flying Floozie, by Pompeii Court) added a Gr1 triumph when favoured Australian-bred daughter We Can Say It Now (Starcraft-We Can't Say That, by Generous) notched her 2nd successive Gr1 victory in a week with a decisive 4-lengths victory over her older rivals in the NZ$200,000 weight-for-age Gr1 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Trentham in Wellington. We Can Say It Now (ridden by Lisa Allpress for trainers Murray & Bjorn Baker) defeated evergreen 9YO gelding Mandela (Ebony Grosve-Wairongoa Belle, by Sea Anchor) & 4YO mare Obsession (Bachelor Duke-Mystery Creek, by Kaapstad). We Can Say It Now now has 4 wins (also including November's Gr1 Levin Classic over 1600m at Otaki & October's Listed James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes over 1400m at Te Rapa) & a runner-up from 7 starts for NZ$297,650 earnings.