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Classiesistar Sizzles in 3YO NZ record run

11:40 AM 23 May 2013 NZST
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Nigel McGrath is going into the Harness Jewels with plenty of confidence. After all, his horse did just break the 2600m New Zealand three-year-old record of none other than Auckland Reactor.

Classiesistar has been somewhat a disappointment since his sensational Sales Series win on New Year's Eve, but his record run tonight would suggest he is right back in that sort of form.

Dragged back off the gate early, driver Jim Curtin watched Mista Mara (Zac Butcher) and Border Control (Mark Purdon) go hammer and tongs in front, before moseying on round to the park position.

When Mista Mara was then left wanting on the home bend, Curtin, knowing Border Control was getting held up in the trail, ceased the moment and sent the son of Christian Cullen for home, Border Control unable to claw back the deficit in the home stretch.

A neck split the pair at the line, with a further four lenghts back to Kid Galahad in third. Elios finished into fourth, while Mista Mara faded to finish last after setting up the record run along with Border Control, who lost no admirers at all.

Classiesistar stopped the clock at 3-09.3, just 0.1 of a second inside the record Auckland Reactor set when winning the 2008 New Zealand Derby.

"He has taken a while to get back to that Sales Series form. He was a bit underdone up north around Derby time, but he has really come to it again of late, and his last three runs have all been great." Said his West Melton preparer Nigel McGrath

"He can have an easy time now before the Jewels. Just a few trips to the beach to top him off," added McGrath.

"Now we have just got to hope for a good barrier draw, he has got plenty of gatespeed to use if we get one."

Understandably his driver Jim Curtin was also chuffed with the performance.

"He just relaxes in the parked position so well, and never seems to get tired.

"He is almost the perfect horse; the only thing he lacks is a touch of real click of the finger acceleration."

Classiesistar is currently a $9 chance to win the $150,000 three-year-old Emerald.

by Mitchell ROBERTSON

Classiesistar setting a new three-year old NZ record

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