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Melt Wins Gr3 Eclipse Stakes

Tuesday, 2nd January 2018

J: M J Mc Nab
T: N W Tiley
W: 54.5 kgs
S: Iffraaj
D: Ticklish
J: C E Lammas
T: W P Hillis
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Showcasing
D: Ceramic
J: Jake Bayliss
T: M Moroney & P Gerard
W: 54.5 kgs
S: Showcasing
D: Steal
J: O P Bosson
T: S Autridge & J Richards
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Exceed And Excel
D: Oasis Rose

In New Year's Day's opening feature race at Ellerslie in Auckland, Haunui Farm shuttler Iffraaj (Zafonic-Pastorale, by Nureyev) added a group success when well-bred undefeated 2YO New Zealand-bred filly Melt (Iffraaj-Ticklish, by Maroof) justified strong betting support with a powerful finish to score by 0.8-lengths for trainer Nigel Tiley in the $70,000 Gr3 Eclipse Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs. Runner-up gelding Bit Lippy (Showcasing-Ceramic, by Van Nistelrooy) made a mockery of his generous starting price to finish ahead of the filly She's A Thief (Showcasing-Steal, by Red Ransom). Melt has now won both of her race starts after scoring in dazzling fashion in the Listed Ashford Lodge Stakes ahead of I'm Lippy on debut in late November, and took her earnings to $73,250. "She can have a little bit of a break and she's not Karaka Million eligible so we'll get her back for the Sistema here and then have a crack at the Sires," Tiley told NZ Racing Desk. The Gr1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) will be run on March 10 with the Gr1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni three weeks later.


Undefeated 2YO filly Melt (pic: Trish Dunell)
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