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Icepin Wins NZ Avondale Guineas
Waikato Stud's Australian-bred stallion Pins (Snippets-No Finer, by Kaoru Star) added a group success when gelded son Icepin (Pins-Ice Maiden, by O'Reilly) scored a 1-length victory in the NZ$85,000 Gr2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) for 3YOs at Ellerslie. Icepin (ridden by Danielle Johnson for trainer Jason Bridgman) defeated fellow geldings On The Level (Align-Springtime Romance, by Last Tycoon) & Sierra Nevada (High Chaparral-Rata, by Dahar). Icepin (passed-in for NZ$35,000 as a yearling at the 2009 NZ Bloodstock Premier Sale at Karaka) now has 4 wins (also including 2010's Gr3 Waikato Stud Taranaki Classic over 1200m at New Plymouth) & 5 placings (in last month's NZ Bloodstock Karaka 3YO Mile over 1600m at Ellerslie, plus 2010's Gr2 Great Northern Guineas over 1600m at Ellerslie, Gr2 NZ Bloodstock Insurance Hawke's Bay Guineas over 1400m at Hastings, Listed Karaka Million over 1200m at Ellerslie & Listed Ekraar At Stoney Bridge Canterbury Stakes over 1600m at Riccarton Park) from 14 starts for NZ$356,615 earnings.