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Injury Ends Career Of Top NZ Stayer Six O'Clock News
This year's Gr2 Wellington Cup-winning 7YO gelding Six O'Clock News (Zabeel-Maurine, by Harbor Prince) "has returned to New Zealand from an ill-fated Brisbane campaign to live out a life of retirement" reported theinformant.co.nz. In his final start, Six O'Clock News finished unplaced in last month's Gr3 Chairman's Handicap at Doomben & ownership syndicate manager Stuart Hale confirmed: "He's got a hole in his tendon so we decided to retire him gracefully." Overall Six O'Clock News (a NZ$110,000 purchase consigned by Blandford Lodge at the 2006 NZ Bloodstock Ready-To-Run Sale) recorded 8 wins (including both January's Gr2 Wellington Cup over 2400m at Trentham & Gr3 Trentham Stakes over 2100m) & 12 placings (including March's Gr1 Auckland Cup over 3200m at Ellerslie, plus 2010's Gr2 Wellington Cup over 2400m at Trentham & Gr2 Counties Cup over 2100m at Pukekohe Park, as well as both 2008's Gr2 Lexus Championship Stakes over 2100m at Ellerslie & Gr2 Great Northern Guineas over 2100m at Ellerslie) from 53 starts for NZ$573,504 earnings.