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Splurge Wins Gr3 Darley Plate

Monday, 6th March 2017

At Auckland's Ellerslie Racecourse in New Zealand, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate winning sire Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a group success when 4YO gelding Splurge (Savabeel-Splashing Out, by O'Reilly) scored by 1.3-lengths for Te Aukau Racing's trainers Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards in the NZ$100,000 Gr3 Darley Plate (1200m). Runner-up was 4YO mare Volks Lightning (Volksraad-Next Century, by Stravinsky) who finished ahead of 4YO gelding Rangipo (Stryker-Holloway Castle, by Zabeel). Saturday's victory was the first at black-type level for promising Splurge who took his ultra- consistent record to 6 wins & 2 runners-up from 10 starts for NZ$127,275 earnings. The son of multiple champion sire Savabeel appears to be well on his way to potentially justifying his NZ$500,000 purchase price at the 2014 NZB National Yearling Sales Series where he was consigned by Waikato Stud. Dam, Splashing Out, won the Gr3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes, and is also the dam of Hong Kong Gr1-placed Packing Pins and Gr2 Angus Armanasco winner Shopaholic.

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