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Old Belvedere Wins NZ Merial Mile
In New Zealand, Waikato Stud sire O'Reilly (Last Tycoon-Courtza, by Pompeii Court) added a group success when 6YO gelding Old Belvedere (O'Reilly-Censibelle, by Centaine) prevailed in a 3-way photo-finish to the NZ$100,000 Gr3 Merial Metric Mile (1600m) at Awapuni. Old Belvedere (ridden by Craig Grylls for trainers Richard & Chris Otto) scored by a long-head from fast-finishing 5YO gelding Jonbalena (Lord Ballina-Desdemona, by Truly Vain) with a further neck to favoured 7YO gelding Samurai (Daggers Draw-Wait And Sea, by Racing Is Fun). Old Belvedere took his record to 5 wins & 8 placings (including 2006's Listed Mason Appliances Stakes over 1400m at Pukekura) from 26 starts for $157,963 earnings.