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Formidable Wins Listed 3YO Salver

Monday, 18th December 2017

J: L G Innes
T: S F Ritchie
W: 57.5 kgs
S: Shocking
D: Princess Biscotte
J: Patrick Moloney
T: M Moroney & P Gerard
W: 57.5 kgs
S: Cape Blanco
D: Keep The Passion
J: M R Du Plessis
T: B Wallace & A Peard
W: 57.5 kgs
S: Jimmy Choux
D: Lionstar
J: A B Collett
T: R D Collett
W: 55.5 kgs
S: Medaglia D'Oro
D: Lunar Eclipse

At Ellerslie in New Zealand, Rich Hill Stud's Melbourne Cup winning stallion Shocking (Street Cry-Maria di Castiglia, by Danehill) added a black-type success when 3YO New Zealand-bred gelding Formidable (Shocking-Princess Biscotte, by Casino Prince) overcame trouble in running to post his maiden stakes win in the $50,000 Listed 3YO Salver (2100m) for 3YOs, defeating The Boy Wonder & Secret Ambition. Purchased for $39,000 at the 2016 NZB Select Yearling Sale, Formidable improved his record to 2 wins and 2 placings from 6 starts for NZ$44,600 in earnings. Trainer Shaune Ritchie said Formidable's longer term target was the New Zealand Derby in March, but he refused to rule out a tilt at the Karaka Classic. “That’s what you like to see when you are pressing forward to the big dance in March. He’s now got his ticket I guess on that win," he told NZ Racing Desk. "He will go to the paddock for ten days now then we will find a mile for him before tackling the Avondale Guineas." Ritchie added: "He does hold a nomination for the Karaka Mile, so we could pop the blinkers on him and sharpen him up for that. It might be a little short for him but it’s a million-dollar race, so you have to have a go don’t you.” The $1 million Karaka 3YO Classic (1600m) will be run at Ellerslie on 27 January followed by the Gr2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) on 17 February.

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