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Sophie’s Choice in tribute race to Sir Colin

Sophie's Choice as a yearling parades for the late Sir Colin Meads and Lady Verna Meads

Sophie's Choice as a yearling parades for the late Sir Colin Meads and Lady Verna Meads

Sophie’s Choice will run at Hastings on Saturday in a race fittingly dedicated to the late Sir Colin Meads, who recently lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Part-owned by Sir Colin and his wife Lady Verna, the filly will race in the Cancer Society colours and will wear saddlecloth five, which was the All Black icon’s playing number, in the Listed El Roca Sir Colin Meads Trophy.

Sir Colin and Lady Verna enjoyed success as racehorse owners, most notably as part-owners of Group One-winning filly Ruud Awakening who was purchased, syndicated and managed by Go Racing’s Albert Bosma.

“Sir Colin and Lady Verna certainly knew how to pick them,” Bosma said.

“He was still investing in his passion and buying horses right until the end. This filly was my daughter Sophie’s favourite yearling at Karaka. Sir Colin was generous to the end giving her naming rights of the horse.

“The race in his honour is a fitting tribute to a great man who loved his racing. We will miss him.”

Sophie’s Choice was an impressive last start winner at Ruakaka for trainer Stephen Marsh and she will again be ridden by Danielle Johnson. – NZ Racing Desk.