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Summer Passage Wins Listed Slipper Stakes

Monday, 27th February 2017

At Matamata in New Zealand, Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1-winning stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a black-type success when 2YO colt Summer Passage (Snitzel-Subsequent, by Encosta de Lago) scored by 0.5 length for trainers Lance O'Sullivan & Andrew Scott in the $50,000 Listed Slipper Stakes (1200m) for 2YO colts & geldings, over fellow colt Summer Monsoon (Stratum-Princess Narine, by Red Ransom) & 2YO gelding Hanger (O'Reilly-Do Ra Mi, by Savabeel). Summer Passage, who was an $800,000 purchase at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Wexford Stables, improved his record to 1 win from 2 starts for NZ$35,250 earnings. The connections of Summer Passage will now consider a trip across the Tasman with the impressive colt with options including the Gr1 Golden Slipper and Gr1 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes. "There will be a board room meeting, but he's still got to improve to get to those heights," co-trainer Andrew Scott told NZ Racing Desk. Summer Passage is a direct descendant of the good producing Machiavellian mare Subterfuge, making him a close relation to dual Gr1-winning Hong Kong sprinter Scintillation (Danehill), Gr2-winning Australian mare Shania Dane (Danehill), stakes-winning Queensland mare Risk Aversion, English Derby winner Slip Anchor, and talented Gr2 Hobartville Stakes winner Man From Uncle.

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