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Anniversary Target for Blue Blood Mare
Regally bred Irish-bred mare Asama Blue will be out to significantly boost her broodmare value on the opening day of the Wellington Cup carnival at Trentham, reports NZ Racing Desk. "There's the Gr3 Anniversary Handicap and then we'll assess her after that," said Steven Ramsay who trains the Sir Peter Vela-owned mare in partnership with Julia Ritchie. "She's by Fastnet Rock out of a Sadler's Wells mare so if we can get black type she will be very valuable." Asama Blue, who is in foal to Tavistock, finished a respectable last-start fifth in Gr2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) for fillies & mares at Te Rapa. "I thought her run was very good," Ramsay said. "Weight-for-age wasn't ideal and she's the sort of mare that needs to get rolling." Co-owned by Mrs Sue Magnier and Pencarrow Stud principal Sir Peter Vela, Asama Blue began her career in the UK where she won on debut at Haydock last year before being transferred to New Zealand. By former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock, Asama Blue is out of the Sadler's Wells mare Butterfly Blue and is a direct descendant of celebrated blue hen Best In Show. Her second dam is Gr1 Kentucky Oaks winner Blush With Pride, dam of Better Than Honour, who fetched a world-record price of US$14 million for a broodmare in 2008 and who, in turn, is the dam of US classic winners Rags To Riches & Jazil.