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Devise Wins Gr1 WFA Classic

Monday, 26th February 2018

J: M T Coleman
T: S F Ritchie
W: 57 kgs
S: Darci Brahma
D: Doneze Girl
J: A B Collett
T: S J McKee
W: 57 kgs
S: Postponed
D: Kate Cross
J: C W Johnson
T: Ms R Frost
W: 59 kgs
S: Tavistock
D: Pineau
J: M R Du Plessis
T: P & D Williams
W: 59 kgs
S: Guillotine
D: Brilliant Kiwi

At Hastings in New Zealand, The Oaks Stud's 5-time Gr1-winning & 5-time Gr1-placed stallion Darci Brahma (Danehill-Grand Echezeaux, by Zabeel) celebrated an elite race success when 4YO New Zealand-bred filly Devise (Darci Brahma-Doneze Girl, by Volksraad) finally opened her stakes account with a thoroughly deserved win in the $200,000 Gr1 WFA Classic (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Consensus & Travimyfriend. Retained to race by her breeder The Oaks Stud, Devise improved her record to 4 wins and 6 placings (including the Gr1 New Zealand Oaks) from 14 starts for $262,899 in earnings. "She really does deserve this," trainer Shaune Ritchie told NZ Racing Desk. "It was a bit easier without Bonneval here; she's been a bridesmaid to her a couple of times." He added: "It helped that a few of the favoured runners drew wide, but I'm delighted for the horse. She always puts in and she's a lovely mare." The win boost Devise's value significantly as she is a half-sister to Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic & Gr2 Let's Eope Stakes winner Zurella (Zabeel). Both Devise and Zurella are out of the Volksraad mare Doneze Girl, a granddaughter of Shadea, dam of champion racehorse and stallion Lonhro. This is also the family of champion sprinter Lankan Rupee, Victoria Derby winning stallion Grosvenor, and Australian Oaks winner Mahaya.

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