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Mary Lavelle wins TBS bonus at Riccarton Park

Two-year-old filly Mary Lavelle was most impressive winning the CJC Champagne S. LR at Riccarton Park last Saturday in the style of a filly that could well make up into a lovely Oaks prospect next season.

Mary Lavelle winning the Champagne Stakes LR at Riccarton
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She also collected a TBS bonus of $10,950 for her Southland owner Keith Neylon. Keith, a member of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing board, purchased Mary Lavelle for $95,000 from her Hawke's Bay breeders Kevin & Julie Taylor at the 2005 New Zealand Select Sale.

Runner-up in the race was another TBS-qualified runner Uditagain, who added $2700 to her earnings.

Mary Lavelle's win was part of an extraordinary day for the Taylors whose homebred mare Viennetta won, then lost the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' S. G1 at Te Aroha when she was relegated to third place for interference suffered by the third horse past the post, Salsa.

Promising three-year-old gelding Tachus added a $5475 TBS bonus to his earnings when he scored a comfortable win at Te Aroha on the same day. That took his record to three wins from seven starts for his Auckland owners Doug & Adrienne Alderslade, and Moira & Michael Murdoch, the partnership that raced the outstanding performer Solvit. Doug is also well-known as a director of the Auckland Racing Club. Bred by Lars Pearson, Tachus was a $13,000 purchase from the 2004 New Zealand Festival Sale.

Saturday 8 AprilCanterburyRace 6 - A Bonus1st Mary Lavelle (2f O'Reilly – Trisha's Belle) $10,9502nd Udiditagain (2f D'Cash – Tio Iris) $2700

Race 7 - B Bonus1st Sheezawake (3f Pins – The Wake) $54753rd Wazawatsyn (3f Tuscany Flyer – Robinson Girl) $675

Te ArohaRace 5 - B Bonus2nd Keep The Message (2g Keeper – Miss Morrinsville) $1350

Race 5 - B Bonus1st Tachus (3g Lord Ballina – Lady Wolverine ) $54752nd Ististar (3f Istadaad – Marlanda Star) $1350

- Susan Archer


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