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Summer Passage Wins Gr1 Sistema Stakes
At Ellerslie in New Zealand yesterday, Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1-winning stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated an elite success when 2YO colt Summer Passage (Snitzel-Subsequent, by Encosta de Lago) scored by 0.8 length for trainers Lance O'Sullivan & Andrew Scott in the $200,000 Gr1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs, over fellow 2YO colt Star Treasure (Lonhro-Lost in Dubai, by Dubai Destination) & 2YO filly Gold Fever (Savabeel-Gold Rocks, by Oratorio). Summer Passage, who was an $800,000 purchase at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Wexford Stables, improved his record to 2 wins (including the Listed Slipper Stakes) from 3 starts for NZ$155,250 earnings. The handsomely bred Summer Passage is a direct descendant of the good producing Machiavellian mare Subterfuge, making him a close relation to dual Gr1-winning Hong Kong sprinter Scintillation (Danehill), Gr2-winning Australian mare Shania Dane (Danehill), stakes-winning Queensland mare Risk Aversion, English Derby winner Slip Anchor, and talented Gr2 Hobartville Stakes winner Man From Uncle. Sydney-based jockey Blake Shinn says the sky's the limit for Summer Passage after guiding the Hong Kong-owned colt to a memorable victory at Ellerslie. "He's an exceptional two-year-old and it's a big thrill to get my first Group One winner overseas," Shinn told NZ Racing Desk. "I'm delighted to have got the opportunity to ride such an exciting horse. He showed a great turn of foot 300 out to put the race to bed." Summer Passage is owned by Hermitage Thoroughbreds, who also raced the Gr1 Livamol Classic winner Willie Cazals out of O'Sullivan and Scott's Wexford Stables. Summer Passage becomes the 7th Gr1 winner for his oustanding sire Snitzel.