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Manawatu Breeders Stakes Attracts Quality Field
Today's Listed Manawatu Breeders' Stakes at picturesque Awapuni in New Zealand has again attracted a quality line-up. The WFA race for fillies and mares consistently unearths gallopers with even further group potential, many often going on to campaign very successfully in the same year's Brisbane Carnival. Two recent examples would be 2011 winner Scarlett Lady (Savabeel-On Call, by Ironclad) who went on to capture the Gr1 Queensland Oaks in 2011 and again win at the elite level in the Gr1 New Zealand Stakes in 2012, while 2009 victor Awesome Planet (Giant's Causeway-Dance On The Mon, by Fasliyev) went to Brisbane and took out the Gr3 Doomben Roses. Today's installment has assembled a strong 11-horse field, headed by last start Gr3 Cuddle Stakes winner O'Fille (O'Reilly-La Fille, by Grosvenor). Also making their presence felt will be 2012 Gr1 New Zealand Oaks winner Artistic (Darci Brahma-Artless, by Dahar) and 2012 Gr2 Counties Cup winner Jeu De Cartes (Stravinsky-Prized Gem, by Prized). Beautifully bred and emerging filly Irish Dream (Savabeel-Trocair, by Flying Spur), a sister to Gr2 Brisbane Cup winner & Gr1 Caulfield Cup placegetter Tullamore, also looks likely to be highly competitive.