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Starcheeka Wins NZ Manawatu Classic
Arrowfield Stud stallion & 5-time Gr1-winning 2nd-crop sire Starcraft (Soviet Star-Flying Floozie, by Pompeii Court) added a NZ group success (& 6th individual stakes-winner, followed by a 7th via Do You Think in Sydney on the same afternoon: reported above) when favoured gelding Starcheeka (Starcraft-Born A Star, by Canny Lad) scored a 1.25-lengths victory in the NZ$70,000 Gr3 The Oaks Stud Manawatu Classic (2000m) for 3YOs at Awapuni. Starcheeka (ridden by Hayden Tinsley for trainer Stephen McKee) defeated fellow gelding Endor (Duelled-Sky Blue Lover, by Blues Traveller) & the filly So Divine (High Chaparral-Argante, by Star Way). Starcheeka (a $200,000 weanling consigned by Oakwood Farm at the 2008 Magic Millions National Sale) now has 4 wins from 10 starts for NZ$68,100 earnings.