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Aust-Bred Showcause Wins NZ Avondale Cup
In New Zealand, former Coolmore shuttler Giant's Causeway (Storm Cat-Mariah's Storm, by Rahy) added a NZ group success when Australian-bred 5YO gelding Showcause (Giant's Causeway-Showella, by Lord Ballina) scored a 1-length victory in the NZ$100,000 Gr2 Avondale Cup (2400m) at Ellerslie. Favourite Showcause (ridden by Darryl Bradley for trainer Frank Ritchie) defeated 4YO mare Innocent Lady (Viking Ruler-Startling Lady, by Gold And Ivory) & 6YO gelding Loose Change (Faltaat-Wyndam Starlette, by Volksraad). Showcause (passed-in for $140,000 as a yearling at the 2007 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney) now has 5 wins (also including last month's Gr2 City Of Auckland Cup over 2400m at Ellerslie, plus 2010's Gr2 New Zealand Cup over 3200m at Riccarton Park) & 7 placings (including 2010's Gr3 Gold Club Metropolitan Trophy over 2500m at Riccarton Park) from 22 starts for NZ$302,275 earnings.