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Saturday, March 31 2018

Our Abbadean completed a stellar black type day at Awapuni for her trainers and jockey with the first stakes victory of her career.


Our Abbadean (No. 9) beats Five To Midnight (No. 4) in the Gr. 2 City of Palmerston North Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m)  - Race Images

The Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-prepared five-year-old was a dashing winner of the Gr.2 City of Palmerston North Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m) in the hands of Danielle Johnson.

The Cambridge-based jockey had earlier claimed the Gr.1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on stablemate Avantage and in between times guided Magnum to win in the Listed Bramco Granite & Marble Flying Handicap (1400m).

Johnson subsequently added the Kevin O’Connor & Associates Premier (1550m) aboard Dream Dancer to give trainer Chris Bothwell his first training success in his own right.

“It’s been a really good day for all of us,” Richards said.

Our Abbadean’s success significantly boosted the value of the Wentwood Grange-bred and raced daughter of Lookin At Lucky, who has now won six of her 22 starts.

“We think the Hawke’s Bay Cup will be a nice fit for the mare,” Richards said. “We’ll discuss all the options with the owners, but that looks a good race for her.”

Our Abbadean, who had also won her previous start over 2200m at Trentham, came with a well-timed finish from back in the field to beat Five To Midnight and last year’s winner Sampson.

The runner-up was making his first appearance since he was narrowly beaten in the Gr.1 Auckland Cup (3200m) and is now likely to head across the Tasman for a tilt at the Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m).

“He’s a genuine two-miler and he’s a lot stronger this year,” trainer Lisa Latta said. 

Video Replay: Our Abbadean (No. 9) beats Five To Midnight (No. 4) in the Gr. 2 City of Palmerston North Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m)

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