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Irlanda Wins NZ Auckland TB Stakes
Providing Waikato Stud stallion O'Reilly (Last Tycoon-Courtza, by Pompeii Court) with another Group winner, consistent 4YO mare Irlanda (O'Reilly-Cenphic, by Centaine) had just a head to spare in the NZ$120,000 weight-for-age Gr2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes (1400m) for fillies & mares at Ellerslie. Ridden by Michael Coleman for trainer Lance Noble, Irlanda won from 5YO mares Ististar (Istidaad-Marlanda Star, by Star Way) & My Hangover (My Halo-Hangover Street, by Whiskey Road). A NZ$38,000 yearling at the 2005 NZB Select Sale at Karaka, Irlanda now has 6 wins (also including the NZ$65,000 weight-for-age Listed Lion Red Plate (1200m) at Arawa Park & Gr3 Eulogy Stakes over 1600m at Awapuni) & 4 placings (including both last season's Gr1 NZB Breeders' Stakes over 1600m at Te Aroha & Gr2 Eight Carat Classic over 1600m at Ellerslie) from her 12 starts.