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Crystal Duke Wins NZ Spring Classic
Gr1 Irish 2000 Guineas winner & NZ The Oaks Stud shuttler Bachelor Duke (Miswaki-Gossamer, by Seattle Slew) added a NZ black-type success when 5YO gelding Crystal Duke (Bachelor Duke-Starfire Glow, by Danasinga) scored a 4.25-lengths victory in the NZ$45,000 Listed Christchurch Casino Spring Classic (2000m) at Riccarton Park. Crystal Duke (ridden by Danielle Johnson for trainer Kevin Hughes) defeated fellow 5YO gelding The Hand Of Faith (Danske-Annie Mary, by Mi Preferido) & 6YO mare Mystique (Montjeu-Seamist, by Beaufort Sea). Crystal Duke (a NZ$20,000 yearling consigned by Richfield Thoroughbred Farm at the 2008 NZ Bloodstock Select Sale at Karaka) now has 7 wins & 5 placings from 28 starts for NZ$77,365 earnings.