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Justanexcuse Wins NZ Challenge Stakes
Waikato Stud stallion No Excuse Needed (Machiavellian-Nawaiet, by Zilzal) added a NZ group success when 5YO gelding Justanexcuse (No Excuse Needed-Aggressive, by Val Dansant) scored a 1.25-lengths victory in the NZ$70,000 weight-for-age Gr3 Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni. Justanexcuse (ridden by Darryl Bradley for trainer Lisa Latta) defeated 4YO mare Twilight Savings (Secret Savings-Ghemashah, by Danewin) & Australian-bred 7YO gelding Joku (Xaar-Biru Lang, by Pine Bluff). Justanexcuse (a NZ$105,000 yearling consigned by Waikato Stud at the 2008 NZB Premier Sale at Karaka) now has 9 wins & 13 placings (including each of October's Gr3 Rich Hill Stud Thompson Handicap over 1600m at Trentham, Gr3 Traderacks Stakes over 1400m at Hastings & Listed Matamata Cup over 1600m at Matamata, plus 2009's Listed Great Northern Foal Stakes over 1400m at Ellerslie) from 35 starts for NZ$242,175 earnings.