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Trainers Hoping For Special Memories At Riccarton
In New Zealand, trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards are mapping out a Gr1 goal for Fastnet Rock's 3YO daughter Special Memories (Fastnet Rock-Memories Of You, by Galileo), reports nztm.co.nz. A 2YO winner over 1100m at New Plymouth who also finished runner-up at Waikato from three starts as a juvenile, Special Memories is headed towards the Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas at Riccarton in Christchurch, and has the pedigree to justify their faith in her. Boasting a dual Gr1-placed French mare as her grand dam, Special Memories is out of a Galileo half-sister to multiple Gr1-performed European & US mare Matiara, as well as the stakes-winners Pyrus, Marathon & Precious Ring. "She could be quite a special filly," Autridge said. "She'll probably run at Taupo in the 3YO race and then we'll work out whether she goes to the South Island early." Special Memories was a $400,000 purchase by David Ellis from the draft of Curraghmore Stud at the 2014 NZ Bloodstock National Sale.