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Magical Opening To Riccarton Meeting
A typically patient ride from the evergreen Chris Johnson paved the way for local runner Yannick to take out the opening event at Riccarton on Saturday as racing returned to the South Island for the first time since the easing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Yannick put in some powerful late strides to surge past race favourite Matuki in the last 50m to record his first career victory for Bullard and his partner Rochelle Lloyd, who race the Burgundy gelding. "He's been a difficult horse as he struggles to settle in his races so it was good to see him finally do that today," Bullard said. Yannick, who did his early racing from the Cambridge stable of Andrew Campbell after Campbell purchased him for $50,000 at the 2018 Karaka Book Two sale, is out of the Encosta de Lago mare Head Girl and hails from an extended family that includes multiple stakes winner Excites Zelady and the outstanding racemare Bound To Honour.