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English Summer Beckons For McDonald
James McDonald will further his overseas riding experience in Europe next month, reports NZ Racing Desk. The top New Zealand jockey will leave for England after riding in Brisbane on Stradbroke Handicap day on June 6. "I'm really looking forward to riding over there and I have a good friend in Charles Hills that Godolphin has allowed me to take rides from," McDonald said. In the meantime, McDonald will ride Rustic Melody for trainer Kris Lees in this Saturday's Gr1 Queensland Oaks. Two starts ago she finished fourth in the Gr1 Australian Oaks after finishing runner-up in the Gr3 Adrian Knox Stakes.