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Antonio Lombardo Wins NZ Waikato Stud Classic
Waikato Stud's Australian-bred stallion Pins (Snippets-No Finer, by Kaoru Star) added a NZ juvenile group success when favoured colt Antonio Lombardo (Pins-Petit Verdot, by Carnegie) scored by a nose in the NZ$70,000 Gr3 Waikato Stud Classic (1200m) for 2YOs at Pukekura Raceway. Antonio Lombardo (ridden by Opie Bosson for trainer Peter McKay) defeated fellow colt Chateauneuf Dupape (Darci Brahma-Loudenne, by Palace Music) & the gelding Distill (Volksraad-Fairy Tipsy, by Casual Lies). Antonio Lombardo (a NZ$120,000 yearling at the 2010 NZ Bloodstock Premier Sale at Karaka) now has 3 wins (also including 2010's Listed Wellesley Stakes over 1000m at Trentham) & 2 runners-up (including last month's Listed NZ Bloodstock Karaka Million over 1200m at Ellerslie) from 7 starts for NZ$250,315 earnings.