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Derby Contender On The Rise

Thursday, 22nd December 2016

Romancer will face another examination of his Group One credentials when he steps out at Ellerslie on New Year's Day, reports NZ Racing Desk. The gelding is on a learning curve as he heads toward his primary target – the $1 million Gr1 New Zealand Derby on March 4. "He's still green, but he's getting there and improving with each run," said Donna Logan, who trains the three-year-old in partnership with Chris Gibbs. Romancer raced greenly when he finished runner-up on debut but has made good progress to post impressive wins at his last two starts, including the Listed Mufhasa Stakes when he became the first black-type winner for Westbury Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Redwood (High Chaparral). "He pulled up really well after that and I'm very happy with him," Logan said. "He'll run in the Great Northern Guineas on New Year's Day and then he'll go to the Karaka Three-Year-Old Mile followed by the Avondale Guineas." She added: "Then it will be on to the Derby and he's bred to run it and that makes you feel a lot more comfortable." Romancer is out of the unraced mare Romantically (Foreplay), a half-sister to Gr1 Australian Cup winner Sirmione. This is also the family of successful English stallion Alcimedes, best known here in Australia as the sire of champion galloper Galilee.

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