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November Rain Wins NZ Cal Isuzu Stakes
Coolmore-owned former Cambridge Stud shuttler Stravinsky (Nureyev-Fire The Groom, by Blushing Groom) added a NZ group success when 4YO mare November Rain (Stravinsky-Lady Teruko, by Kris S) scored a 0.75-length victory in the NZ$85,000 weight-for-age Gr2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) for fillies & mares at Te Rapa. November Rain (ridden by Jason Collett for trainer Richard Collett) defeated fellow 4YO mare Eileen Dubh (Storm Creek-Vingtaine, by Centaine) & 5YO mare Sharp Princess (Pins-She's Snubbed, by O'Reilly). November Rain (a NZ$170,000 yearling at the 2008 NZB Premier Sale at Karaka) now has 4 wins & 8 placings (including April's Gr1 Easter Handicap over 1600m at Ellerslie, both March's Gr1 NZ Oaks over 2400m at Trentham & Listed Sunline Vase over 2100m at Ellerslie, February's Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic over 2000m at Te Rapa & January's Gr3 Wellington Stakes over 1600m at Trentham) from 20 starts for NZ$210,600 earnings.