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Puccini's Spring Program Weather Dependant
The weather will have the final say on Puccini's early spring program, reports NZ Racing Desk. The dual Gr1 winner is back in work at his Matamata quarters with the Gr1 Makfi Challenge Stakes at Hastings a likely target, provided conditions are suitable. "It would depend on the track, but he would be sharp enough to be very competitive over 1400 metres," co-trainer Jacob McKay said. Puccini (Encosta de Lago-Miss Opera, by Paris Opera), a winner of the New Zealand Derby & Thorndon Mile, has not raced since finishing a well beaten 16th in the Gr1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick in April.