At Trentham in New Zealand, former Yarraman Park and now Kooringal Stud-based Gr2-winning sire Magic Albert (Zeditave-Sally Lou, by Salieri) added a Group race success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding Magic Chai (Magic Albert-Chai, by Viscount) opened his stakes account when charging home to score a narrow but decisive win in the $250,000 Gr3 Wellington Cup (3200m) for 3YO+, defeating Sampson & Alinko Prince. Trainer Tony Pike said Magic Chai would now be set for a feature two-mile double, including the Gr1 Auckland Cup at Ellerslie on 10 March. "We'll get him home and see how he is and if his form holds up then the Auckland Cup is an obvious target," Pike told NZ Racing Desk. "He's only had 18 starts so he's still pretty much untapped. He's a good, genuine stayer." Magic Chai, who was sold for $90,000 at the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Milburn Creek, improved his record to 5 wins and 1 placing from 18 starts for NZ$212,255 in earnings. Magic Chai hails from the family of multiple Gr1 winner and outstanding Kiwi mare Riverina Charm and Gr1 ATC Queen Of The Turf Stakes winner Neroli.
At Awapuni in New Zealand, triple Gr1-winning former English Derby victor & Darley shuttler Authorized (Montjeu-Funsie, by Saumarez) added a black-type success when 7YO grey gelding Maygrove (Authorized-Lady Zhivago, by Zabeel) posted his first win in more than a year in the $50,000 Listed Feilding Gold Cup (2100m) for 3YO+, defeating Alinko Prince & Snow Secret. Maygrove advanced his record to 8 wins (including the Gr2 Awapuni Gold Cup, Gr2 Wellington Cup & Listed Jakkalberry Classic) and 12 placings (including the Listed Marton Cup) from 47 starts for NZ$380,729 in earnings. Maygrove, who descends from the same female line as VRC Oaks and Thousand Guineas winner Tristanagh, was purchased for $110,000 by Wairarapa-based bloodstock agent Bruce Perry on behalf of Wellington businessman Lib Petagna at the 2012 NZB Select Yearling Sale from the draft of Haunui Farm.
At Trentham in New Zealand, Wellfield Lodge's 4-time Gr1-winning stallion Alamosa (O'Reilly-Lodore Mystic, by Centaine) added a black-type success when 5YO gelding Alinko Prince (Alamosa-Shinko Princess, by Shinko King) scored by 0.75 length for trainer Fraser Auret in the NZ$55,000 Listed Marton Cup (2200m) for 3YO+, over fellow 5YO gelding Jackkstar (Zed-Star Guest, by Pentire) & blue blooded 5YO mare Echezeaux (Encosta de Lago-Grand Echezeaux, by Zabeel). This was the first stakes victory for Alinko Prince who improved his record to 6 wins and 6 placings (including the Listed Feilding Gold Cup) from 22 starts for NZ$93,387 earnings.
At Awapuni in New Zealand, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate winning stallion Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a black-type success when 8YO gelding Pump Up The Volume (Savabeel-Nat the Brat, by Racing is Fun) scored by a short neck for trainer Ralph Manning in the NZ$50,000 Listed Feilding Gold Cup (2100m) for 3YO+, over 5YO geldings Alinko Prince (Alamosa-Shinko Princess, by Shinko King) & Five To Midnight (Domesday-Fastnet Lady, by Fastnet Rock). Pump Up The Volume, who was a NZ$10,000 purchase by Manning at the 2010 NZB Select Yearling Sale from the draft of Raequin Park, improved his record to 7 wins (including the Gr3 Rotorua Cup) and 18 placings from 50 starts for $236,410 earnings.