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Captain Kurt Track Record & Aust Trip
Meanwhile the connections of exciting Kiwi 3YO Captain Kurt (Volksraad-O'Sequita, by O'Reilly) are also "mapping out an Australian autumn campaign" after the gelding set a new track record 1min 8.14sec for 1200m at Matamata on Saturday, reported NZ Thoroughbred Marketing. The record run was Captain Kurt's 1st outing since finishing runner-up to multiple Gr1-winner Darci Brahma (Danehill-Grand Echezeaux, by Zabeel) in the Gr1 NZ 2000 Guineas at Riccarton last November. Captain Kurt's co-trainer Wayne Hillis confirmed: "He will either go to Sydney or Adelaide & there are nice options for him at both of those carnivals. It's great to see him back racing with such a good win & there's a lot of improvement yet to come." Captain Kurt has not finished out of the money in 8 career starts to date; he was originally purchased for NZ$35,000 at the 2004 NZB Select Sale, then broken-in & resold for NZ$140,000 at the 2004 NZB Ready-To-Run Sale.