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Captain Rio Filly Tops NZ 2YO Free Handicap

Monday, 4th August 2008

NZ Westbury Stud shuttler & freshman sire Captain Rio (Pivotal-Beloved Visitor, by Miswaki) received a major pre-breeding season boost with the announcement that star 1st-crop filly Il Quelle Veloce (Captain Rio-Nishaani, by Gold Brose) tops the NZ 2YO Free Handicaps for the just-completed 2007-08 season. Il Quello Veloce (a NZ$50,000 yearling at the 2007 NZ Bloodstock Select Sale at Karaka) won the Gr1 Ford Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni & placed in both the Gr1 Ford Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie & Gr2 Robin Duke Of Bedford Matamata Breeders Stakes (1200m) at Matamata. The top-rated 2YOs were:

  • 58kg Il Quello Veloce filly (Captain Rio-Nishaani, by Gold Brose)
  • 57.5kg Fully Fledged colt (Align-Fledged, by Bluebird)
  • 56.5kg Captain Fantastic colt (Fantastic Light-Regal Ash, by Green Desert)
  • 56.5kg Vincent Mangano colt (No Excuse Needed-Rationable, by Housebuster)
  • 55.5kg San Bernardino colt (Gold Mine-Miss Katella, by The Commander)
  • 55.5kg All In Brawl gelding (Bertolini-All In Grace, by Prized)
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