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 New Zealand Gallops News 
Friday, June 16 2017

Fully Funded will go for his winter break off the back of his Ruakaka success with loftier targets awaiting the sprinter in the new season.

The freegoing chestnut won for the seventh time in his career on Saturday when he prevailed for rider Sam Spratt in a blanket finish to the Bream Bay Design & Print Bowl.

"He got caught three wide for a little bit before Sam pushed forward and he got his nose in front at the right time," trainer Joanne Surgenor said.

"He's putting it together now so we'll be looking at some nice races later on. He'll go out for a break now though."

Surgenor believes the gelding can emulate his father, the former Group One winner Fully Fledged, and make his mark at the highest level.

"I think he's a Railway Stakes horse," she said. "He's fully matured now so it's onwards and upwards."

Not seen out since he won at Ellerslie on April Fools' Day, Fully Funded sat outside the leader Lewis Caroll to the turn and he fought on doggedly in the run home to score by a short head.

"He hasn't raced for a wee while and he was coming to the end of it, but he wouldn't lie down and he kept kicking," Spratt said.

The topweight Amarula continued his excellent run of form at Ruakaka, where he has won four times, with a gallant run for second and Lewis Caroll kicked on gamely to finish a close third.

Posted by: Racing Desk AT 11:22 am   |  Permalink   |  Email