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Vespa Wins Gr2 Wellington Guineas
At Trentham in New Zealand, Gr1-winning NZ Haunui Farm shuttler Elusive City (Elusive Quality-Star Of Paris, by Dayjur) added a Group success when 3YO colt Vespa (Elusive City-Miss Avalon, by Fantastic Light) scored by a nose for trainer Johno Benner in the NZ$100,000 Gr2 Wellington Guineas (1400m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colt Passing Shot (Swiss Ace-Derrydane, by Danehill) & Star O'Fraaj (Iffraaj-Star O'The Ball, by Jetball). Vespa took his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Diamond Stakes, Listed Westbury Stud Challenge Stakes & RL Karaka Million) & 3 placings (including the Gr3 Eclipse Stakes) from 11 starts for NZ$744,302 earnings. Vespa was purchased by Cavallo Agistment Centre for NZ$34,000 at the 2013 NZB Select Yearling Sale from the draft of Valachi Downs.