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Aust-Bred Hold It Harvey Wins NZ White Robe Lodge Stakes
Widden Stud shuttler King Cugat (Kingmambo-Tricky Game, by Majestic Light) added a NZ group success when Australian-bred 6YO gelding Hold It Harvey (King Cugat-Daly Charm, by Best Western) scored a half-length victory in the NZ$70,000 Gr3 White Robe Lodge Stakes (1600m) at Wingatui to claim this race for the 2nd successive year (he also finished runner-up in 2009). Hold It Harvey (ridden by Jamie Bullard for trainer Terri Rae) defeated 5YO mare Inferno (Yamanin Vital-Emerald Fire, by Honor Grades) & 4YO gelding Our Bee Jay (Danske-San Da Belle, by Sandtrap). Hold It Harvey (a $16,000 yearling consigned from Baramul Stud at the 2006 Magic Millions National Sale) now has 11 wins (also including 2010's Gr3 White Robe Lodge Stakes over 1600m at Wingatui & Listed Timaru Stakes over 1400m at Riccarton Park, plus 2009's Listed Timaru Stakes over 1400m at Riccarton Park, as well as 2007's Listed Ray Coupland Stakes over 1400m at Ashburton & Listed Canterbury Stakes over 1600m at Riccarton Park) & 18 placings (including both 2010's Gr1 Otaki-Maori Weight-For-Age Classic over 1600m at Otaki & Gr2 Coupland's Bakeries Mile over 1600m at Riccarton Park, plus 2009's Gr3 Christchurch Casino Easter Cup Stakes over 1600m at Riccarton Park & Gr3 White Robe Lodge Handicap over 1600m at Wingatui, as well as 2008's Listed Dunedin Guineas over 1400m at Wingatui & Listed Southland Guineas over 1600m at Ascot Park) from 49 starts for NZ$454,550 earnings.