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Exquisite Jewel Wins Gr3 Manawatu Classic
At Awapuni in New Zealand, Westbury Park stallion Lucky Unicorn (Redoute's Choice La Bamba, by Last Tycoon) added a Group success when 3YO filly Exquisite Jewel (Lucky Unicorn-Game Duchess, by Montjeu) scored by 0.75-length for trainers Sue Walsh & Bruce Gregory in the NZ$70,000 Gr3 Manawatu Classic (2000m) for 3YOs, over 3YO gelding Werther (Tavistock-Bagalollies, by Zabeel) & fellow 3YO filly Charmont (High Chaparral-Martique, by Danehill). This was the first stakes victory for Exquisite Jewel who took her record to 4 wins and 1 placing (the Gr3 Desert Gold Stakes) from 13 starts for NZ$77,000 earnings. Exquisite Jewel is a member of the legendary Eight Carat family, but those celebrated bloodlines were virtually ignored at the 2013 NZB Festival Yearling Sale when she was knocked down to owner Caroline Marner for just $400 from the draft of Brighthill Farm. "She's not the best three-year-old filly in the country, but she's only a couple of lengths off them," jockey Robert Hannam told NZ Racing Desk. Future plans for Exquisite Jewel have yet to be confirmed but connections are considering a trip south to Riccarton for the Listed NZB Warstep Stakes on April 18.