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Thewizardofoz Continues On Winning Way
Boom Hong Kong sprinter Thewizardofoz maintained his unbeaten record when posting another highly impressive victory at Sha Tin on Sunday. The beautifully bred son of Redoute's Choice and 4-time Gr1 winner Princess Coup took his record to 3 wins from 3 starts when scoring a facile 3.5-length win in a Class 3 over 1200m. Brazilian-born superstar jockey Joao Moreira said the blue blooded 3YO was even more impressive on his third outing. "I loved his first two wins but I was even more impressed today," Moreira told the South China Morning Post. "The track had become really sloppy by his race but he still quickened and ran away. We went forward today unlike the first two runs, but it didn't take him more than a couple of seconds to work out what he was supposed to do and he relaxed and waited for me to say go and found another two or three gears." Thewizardofoz is the second foal for Encosta de Lago mare Princess Coup, winner of the Kelt Capital Stakes (twice), New Zealand Oaks, and Stoney Bridge Stakes. Thewizardofoz was bred by Tony Bott and the Siu family at Evergreen Stud, and is raced by Martin Siu Kim-sum who paid $3 million in 2009 for Princess Coup. The Redoute's Choice x Encosta de Lago cross is so far responsible for five stakeswinners (Musir, Beneteau, Burnstone, Peeping & Essington) among 24 runners. Princess Coup, also dam of Sydney winner Vanilla Princess, has a 2YO filly by Redoute's Choice, a yearling colt and a weanling filly by Fastnet Rock and is in foal to Snitzel.