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Derby Hopes Strengthen After Te Rapa
Cha Siu Bao continues to buoy his connections' confidence that he can defy his pedigree and run a strong 2400 metres, reports NZ Racing Desk. The New Zealand Derby contender boosted his classic prospects with his last-start fourth in the Gr2 Waikato Guineas at Te Rapa. "He ran the second fastest last 600 [metres] behind the winner without getting clear galloping room and he's a horse that likes to be in the open," said Andrew Scott, who trains the 3YO with Lance O'Sullivan. "The way he rounded off strongly showed a bit further shouldn't be a problem for him. He'll go to the Avondale Guineas next for another look around Ellerslie." The Gr2 Avondale Guineas will be run at Ellerslie on Saturday week (18 February). By Arrowfield Stud's Gr2-winning juvenile Smart Missile, Cha Siu Bao is out of the classy Stravinsky mare Ballet Society. A half-sister to Gr1 Kelt Capital Stakes (2000m) winner Cent Home, Ballet Society was a dual Gr2 winner of the Angus Armanasco Stakes & Kewney Stakes (both run over a mile), as well as Gr1-placed behind champion filly Alinghi in the Thousand Guineas in Melbourne.