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Top Kiwi Filly Spelled

Tuesday, 14th February 2017

Outstanding filly Volpe Veloce has gone to the paddock for a well-deserved break, reports NZ Racing Desk. The 3YO was immediately spelled in the wake of her first defeat in eight starts when she ran fourth after failing to stay 2000 metres in Saturday's Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic at Te Rapa. "She was quite tired, she's been up for a fair while, so we've tipped her out for a holiday," trainer Graham Richardson said. "She's done us all proud and, at this stage of her life, a mile is as far as she wants to go. Depending on how she spells, we could have her back for the Te Aroha fillies and mares' race." The Gr1 NZ Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes on April 8 is the possible autumn target for Volpe Veloce, who is unlikely to cross the Tasman for the Queensland winter carnival. "If we went anywhere it would more likely to be Melbourne," Richardson said. By Newgate Farm's Gr1-winning shuttle stallion Foxwedge (Fastnet Rock), the aptly named Volpe Veloce, whose name in Italian translates to "fast fox", is a half-sister to Listed Black Opal Stakes winner Delago Bolt from the Gr3 Blue Diamond Preview winning filly Bardego.

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