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 New Zealand Gallops News 
Saturday, July 08 2017

Group One hope Amarula showed his mean streak at Ruakaka where he turned in a valiant effort to successfully carry his topweight to another victory.

Amarula (inner) defies Spider - Trish Dunell Photography

The hardy four-year-old produced a dogged performance under 60kg to win for the ninth time in his career in Saturday’s Northpine Waipu Cup. 

Amarula was caught wide early before he took control in front and he then denied the favourite Spider, who was in receipt of six kilos, after a battle the length of the run home.

“He doesn’t make it easy on himself and he just keeps doing enough,” trainer and part-owner Peter McKay said.

“He’s like that in his gallops too, he likes to get his nose in front.”

Amarula, who has a Hawke’s Bay Guineas success to his credit, had also won his previous start at Te Rapa under 60kg.

“He came through that well and he enjoys his racing. He’ll come back here in a couple of weeks when we’ll step him up to 2100 metres,” McKay said.

Amarula will be tried for stamina with a view to confirming a tilt at the Gr.1 Livamol Classic at Hastings where he will also target the Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate over a mile.

“I think he’ll go over more ground and I’m looking forward to riding him in the Group races next season,” said McKay’s son Shaun, Amarula’s regular rider.

“He’s a really tough horse and once he gets to the front he doesn’t let them go past him.”

Posted by: Racing Desk AT 04:52 am   |  Permalink   |  Email