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Bosson Hungers for More Karaka Million Success
In search of a fourth straight win in New Zealand’s richest juvenile race, Champion New Zealand jockey Oppie Bosson will team up with Cool Aza Beel (Savabeel) in Saturday's Karaka Million 2YO (1200m), as well as partnering last year's winner Probabeel (Savanbeel) in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m). The latter completed a treble of Karaka Million wins for Bosson and Te Akau at the same meeting last year after earlier success with Melody Belle (2017) and Avantage (2018), both of which have gone on to be exceptionally talented racehorses. According to NZ Racing Desk, that recent strike-rate prompted some good-natured ribbing this week from Pukekohe trainer Nigel Tiley, who will saddle $1.90 Karaka Million favourite Play That Song. Bosson, who guided the Tiley-trained Silent Truth to win at Avondale on Wednesday and declared Play That Song as the horse to beat on Saturday, said he would be putting thoughts of winning four in a row at the back of his mind and concentrating on the job at hand with Cool Aza Beel. "He's a different type of horse to the other three but he's still got that natural ability," Bosson said. "He's come through his Tauranga win really well. He looks outstanding," revealed Bosson of the Fairdale Stud-bred and sold Cool Aza Beel.