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NZ Star Scarlett Lady Targets Melb Cup
In New Zealand, trainer Graeme Rogerson confirmed his recent Brisbane winter carnival star 3YO filly Scarlett Lady (Savabeel-On Call, by Ironclad) will commence her Melbourne Cup campaign in the NZ Gr1 Hawkes Bay Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings at the end of August, reported NZ Thoroughbred Marketing. Scarlett Lady (who notched her 4th successive stakes-win & 6th successive victory with a 2.5-lengths margin in June’s Gr1 Queensland Oaks over 2400m at Eagle Farm) has been set a “Spring programme comprising 5 Gr1 races, culminating in the Melbourne Cup on November 1”. Rogerson noted Scarlett Lady “has returned to the stable after a short sojourn in the paddock & will gallop between races somewhere in mid-August before she goes to Hastings”.