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Kristov Wins NZ Gr1 Waikato Draught Sprint
Ultra-consistent 6YO gelding Kristov (Slavic-Santa Barbra, by Piperhill) added a 0.75-lengths victory in the NZ$100,000 weight-for-age Gr1 Waikato Draught Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa. Kristov (ridden by Jason Waddell for trainer Phillip Stevens) defeated dual Gr1-winning boom 3YO colt Darci Brahma (Danehill-Grand Echezeaux, by Zabeel) & Gr1-winnning 5YO mare Gee I Jane (Jahafil-Miss Distinction, by Bletchencore). Kristov (passed-in for NZ$23,000 as a yearling at the 2001 NZB Summr Sale) now has 3 wins & 2 runner-ups from his last 6 starts; & overall he took his record to 13 wins (including the Gr3 weight-for-age Manawatu Higgins Challenge Stakes over 1400m on December 17) & 22 placings (including last year's Gr1 Auckland Easter Handicap over 1600m) in 41 starts.