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Avondale Guineas Next for Scott Base
Highly promising Kiwi youngster Scott Base has come through his Karaka 3YO Classic win at Ellerslie in impressive fashion, reports NZ Racing Desk. "Everything's all good with him and he's been out to the beach and he's bouncing around," said Jonno Benner, who trains the Dalghar gelding with Hollie Wynyard. "He'll most likely go to the Avondale Guineas [Gr2] and then on to the Derby." The Gr2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) will be run at Ellerslie on 17 February. Benner expects Scott Base to improve further as he steps up in distance. "You never really know until you try them over ground, but he switches off in his races so it doesn't look an issue," he said. Scott Base, who hails from the family of Gr1 Randwick Guineas & Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes winner Hotel Grand, is currently the outright $6 favourite ahead of Demonetization for the Gr1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on 3 March.