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Domestic Gr1 Win Top Priority For Stolen Dance
Stolen Dance will have serious domestic business to attend to in the spring before any thoughts of an Australian campaign are entertained, reports NZ Racing Desk. "We won't be going unless she can win a Group One here – we want to tick that box first," trainer David Greene said. "We believe she can do that and expect her to be at her physical peak next season." Stolen Dance (Alamosa-Songbird, by Black Minnaloushe) enjoyed an outstanding 4YO season with wins in the Gr2 Cal Isuzu Stakes, the Gr3 Eagle Technology Stakes and she also posted Gr1 seconds in the Zabeel Classic, Torndon mile and the Herbie Dyke Stakes. She was spelled after finishing fourth in the Gr1 Bonecrusher Stakes in March and is making good progress toward her return to racing. "She's been back for a while and she's started doing some three-quarter pace," Greene said. "She's looking and moving great and she's grown an inch while she was out." Stolen Dance will open her spring campaign in the Gr1 Makfi Challenge Stakes at Hastings on 27 August. "I don't think she will have a run before that," Greene said. "Maybe she will have a trial or I can give her a couple of trips away and she will run in the second leg of the Hawke's Bay series as well." The Gr1 Windsor Park Plate will be contested on September 17. "The 1600 metre race appeals the most – we'll see how she goes in that and if she can come out and win then we would be looking at a race like the Myer in Melbourne," Greene added.