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Antonio Lombardo Wins NZ Hawke's Bay Guineas
Waikato Stud's Australian-bred stallion Pins (Snippets-No Finer, by Kaoru Star) added a NZ group success when favoured colt Antonio Lombardo (Pins-Petit Verdot, by Carnegie) scored a 1.75-lengths victory in the NZ$85,000 Gr2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) for 3YOs at Hastings. Antonio Lombardo (ridden by Samantha Spratt for trainer Peter McKay) defeated Australian-bred filly Prestigious Miss (Written Tycoon-Mathematical, by Honor Grades) & the gelding Ginner Hart (Volksraad-Lyford Cay, by Montjeu). Antonio Lombardo (a NZ$120,000 yearling consigned by Trelawney Stud at the 2010 NZ Bloodstock Premier Sale at Karaka) now has 5 wins (also including September’s Listed Westbury Stud Northland Breeders Stakes over 1200m at Ruakaka & February’s Gr3 Waikato Stud Classic over 1200m at Pukekura, plus 2010's Listed Wellesley Stakes over 1000m at Trentham) & 3 runners-up (including April’s Gr1 The Oaks Stud Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes over 1400m at Awapuni & January’s Listed NZ Bloodstock Karaka Million over 1200m at Ellerslie) from 11 starts for NZ$371,565 earnings.