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Te Akau Juvenile Trio Continues To Excite
New Zealand-based Te Akau Racing took out the trifecta in the Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) earlier this year with Probabeel, Aotea Lad, and Yourdeel dead-heating for third with Appellant, and trainer Jamie Richards advises the rising 3YOs are coming to hand nicely ahead of their spring campaigns. Yourdeel went from strength-to-strength after his placing in the Karaka Million 2YO, winning three Group races on-end, including the Gr1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie and the Gr1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni in March. According to NZ Racing Desk, a set plan has yet to be planned for the son of Dundeel. Aotea Lad had five starts as a juvenile, all at stakes level, taking out the Gr2 Wakefield Challanege Stakes (1100m) at Trentham on debut last December, before going onto finish runner-up in three consecutive races. The son of Savabeel is being set to tackle the Gr1 NZ 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton in November and is likely to kick-off his 3YO season in the Gr3 Cambridge Stud Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Ruakaka in September. The Brendan and Jo Lindsay-owned Probabeel had a strong 2YO season, winning three of her four starts in New Zealand before finishing fifth and sixth in her two start Australian campaign. The daughter of Savabeel will likely return to Australian shores in Spring, however, a decision has yet to be made whether that will be to Melbourne or Sydney.