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Team Vespa Makes It Official

Friday, 14th August 2015

Vespa (Elusive City-Miss Avalon, by Fantastic Light) will represent a new training partnership when he makes his 4YO debut later this month, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Gr1 winner was guided to champion juvenile honours and further stakes success last season by Johno Benner, who is now operating his Otaki stable with his partner Holly Wynyard. "Basically nothing has changed, Holly has always been here with me and it's just making it official so she gets the accolades she deserves," Benner said. Vespa was spelled following his narrow defeat by fellow Makfi contender Pondarosa Miss in the Gr1 Easter Handicap at Ellerslie and has come back in top order. The talented entire ran an encouraging third in his 1000m trial at Foxton on Thursday, chasing home Choice and King Sambo without being fully extended. "He's fully furnished, he's grown a bit and he's strengthened even more," Benner said. "He looks like the complete racehorse now." Vespa has also been nominated for the last two legs of the Triple Crown series, the Gr1 Windsor Park Plate and the Gr1 Livamol Classic, but his programme beyond the opening day at Hastings is still to be confirmed. "We'll get the Makfi out of the way first," Benner said. "There's a few options, including Melbourne."

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