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Stable Chasing Karaka Million Repeat
Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards have two well-credentialed youngsters to lead the stable's defence of a prized title at Ellerslie next month, reports NZ Racing Desk. Impressive last-start winner Al Hasa Al Hasa (Exceed And Excel-Oasis Rose, by Oasis Dream) and the unbeaten Avantage (Fastnet Rock-Asavant, by Zabeel) are on target for the Karaka Million (1200m), a race the Te Akau operation won last season with champion 2YO Melody Belle. "Al Hasa will go to the Eclipse Stakes on New Year's Day and he's just got to keep improving, and we believe he will, and then it will be three and a-half weeks into the Million," Richards said of the well-bred colt who was a brilliant 6 length winner of the Listed Welcome Stakes (1000m) at Riccarton at his most recent outing. Meanwhile, stable-mate Avantage has shown plenty of promise winning both her starts at Riccarton by wide margins. "She'll have one more run before the Karaka Million, but we've yet to decide when that will be," Richards said.