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Habibi Wins Gr1 New Zealand Derby

Monday, 4th March 2013

At Ellerslie in Auckland, Linwood Park's Gr1-winning NZ-based stallion Ekraar (Red Ransom-Sacahuista, by Raja Baba) added a Gr1 success when the filly Habibi (Ekraar-Danny Holiday, by Danasinga) scored by 0.5 length for trainers D&D Logan in the NZ$750,000 Gr1 NZ Derby (2400m) for 3YOs, over fellow filly Fix (Iffraaj-Destined, by Danehill) & 3YO gelding Castlzeberg (Castledale-Stylish Cent, by Stylish Century). Habibi took her record to 6 wins (including the Gr2 Championship Stakes at Ellerslie over 2100m & Gr2 Great Northern Guineas over 1600m) & 1 placing (in the Gr2 Avondale Guineas over 2100m) from 7 starts for NZ$602,275 earnings. Connections will decide this week whether the exciting filly will attempt the Derby/Oaks double by running in the Gr1 New Zealand Oaks at Tentham in two weeks. For in-depth race, winner & runner details click on the race name in this item.

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