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Daffodil Wins Gr1 AJC Oaks

Monday, 20th April 2009

Waikato Stud stallion No Excuse Needed (Machiavellian-Nawaiet, by Zilzal) celebrated a Gr1 triumph when home-bred daughter Daffodil raced to a decisive victory in the $500,000 Gr1 Patinack Farm AJC Oaks (2400m) for 3YO fillies at Randwick. Daffodil (ridden by Hugh Bowman for Kiwi trainer Kevin Gray) defeated fellow fillies Think Money (Danehill Dancer-Ponziani, by Nassipour) & favoured Miss Darcey (Hussonet-Miss Bussell by Danzero). Winner of the NZB Filly-Of-The-Year Series, Daffodil now has 6 wins (also including NZ's Gr1 NZB 1000 Guineas over 1600m for 3YO fillies at Riccarton Park in Christchurch) & 6 placings (including last month's Gr3 First Sovereign Trust Lowland Stakes over 2100m for 3YO fillies at Trentham & both September's Gr3 NZB Gold Trail Stakes over 1200m at Hastings & Listed Wanganui Fillies Stakes over 1200m at Wanganui) from 16 starts for $588,891 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

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