At Wingatui in New Zealand, Windsor Park Stud's triple Gr1-winning shuttler Rip Van Winkle (Galileo-Looking Back, by Stravinsky) added a black-type success when 4YO New Zealand-bred mare Pendleton (Rip Van Winkle-Ihadadream, by Zabeel) outstayed her rivals with a strong win in the $50,000 Listed Dunedin Gold Cup (2400m) for 3YO+, defeating Aspen Lass & Who Dares Wins. Owned by Valachi Downs Stud principal Kevin Hickman, Pendleton was a $28,000 purchase at the 2014 NZB National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Sale from the draft of Haunui Farm. She advanced her record to 4 wins and 2 placings from 9 starts for NZ$72,950 in earnings. "She's very promising and has progressed quickly over the last twelve months," said co-trainer Shane Kennedy, who prepares Pendleton with partner Anna Furlong. "She only won her maiden in October so to take out a race like this at just her ninth start is a top effort." Pendleton hails from the famous Wuthering Heights (NZ) family of outstanding 5-time Gr1 winner Battle Heights, Caulfield Cup & Australian Derby winner Sky Heights, and Melbourne Cup & Caulfield Cup winner Viewed.
At Riccarton 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 New Zealand-bred mare Aspen Lass (Alamosa-Tief, by Viking Ruler) registered her maiden stakes win in the $75,000 Listed Metropolitan Trophy Handicap (2500m) for 3YO+, defeating Te Akau stable-mates Imperium & Grazia. Purchased by Phill Cataldo Bloodstock for just $5,000 at the 2014 NZB Select Yearling Sale, Aspen Lass improved her record to 5 wins and 4 placings from 16 starts for NZ$112,550 in earnings.
At Riccarton Park in New Zealand, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate-winning champion sire Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) added a black-type success when 5YO brown mare Grazia (Savabeel-Trocair, by Flying Spur) opened her stakes account when bounding to a dominant win in the $50,000 Listed Spring Classic (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating Aspen Lass & Princess Brook. Owned by David Ellis's Te Akau Racing, Grazia improved her record to 4 wins and 5 placings from 17 starts for NZ$64,910 in earnings. Purchased by Ellis for $100,000 at the 2014 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Little Avondale Stud, Grazia is a full sister to Group winners Shillelagh & Tullamore.