What a month for Australian Pacing Gold!

04:26 AM 21 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Victoria Cup winner For A Reason and trainer-driver Luke McCarthy
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 With the 2014 APG Yearling Sales fast approaching, a number of recent sales graduates have been giving buyers a timely reminder of the quality on offer at the APG Sales.

At Grand Circuit level, For A Reason and Caribbean Blaster put APG’s name in lights, securing a dominant one-two finish in the Victoria Cup, with fellow APG Sales Graduate, Restrepo, finishing a strong fifth.

APG’s one-two finish in the Victoria Cup came only a fortnight after the running of the Miracle Mile, where APG provided three runners in the eight horse field.

Restrepo gained automatic qualification for the Miracle Mile courtesy of a brilliant victory in the Group One Coca Cola Amatil Sprint, while For A Reason’s invitation came courtesy of a pair of sub-1:50 victories in the weeks preceding the event. Mach Beauty was APG’s third representative in the Miracle Mile, securing an invitation following his game second to Smoken Up in the Group One Cordina Chicken Farms Sprint, which was run and won in 1:49.9.

Moving away from the Grand Circuit, and shifting attention to the west coast of Australia, it was another APG Sales Graduate, Nowitzki, who secured a pair of Group victories, winning Gloucester Park’s Group Two Four-Year-Old Championship, before scoring a well-deserved win in the Group One Golden Nugget, defeating horses of the class of Chilli Palmer and Bit Of A Legend.

Nowitzki is now one of thirteen sales graduates from the 2010 APG Sales to have won at least one Group One race.

Turning to the three year olds, and fresh off some outstanding runs at Menangle, it was another APG Sales Graduate, Yankee Rockstar, who started a $1.20 favourite in the Group Three Victoria Sires Classic on Victoria Cup night.  However, the odds-on favourite was forced to settle for third place after he was upstaged by yet another APG Sales Graduate in Young Modern, who stormed to a well-earned victory in the $40,000 feature, rating 1:56.3 for the 2240 metres.

And while there may not be any Group races on offer yet for the two-year-olds, APG Sales Graduates still showed their class, dominating juvenile racing on both sides of the Tasman.

In New Zealand, Follow The Stars began favourite and duly saluted in 1:57.7, winning the first heat of New Zealand’s Young Guns Series (which leads into a Group One Final), while back on home shore, APG Sales Graduates scored one-two finishes in the first NSW two-year-old race of the season as well as in the first pair of Victorian two-year-old races.

APG’s General Manager, David Boydell, commented “APG is enormously proud of our reputation for producing outstanding racehorses, and there is no doubt that the 2014 APG Sales catalogue will continue that tradition”.

The entire 2014 APG Sales Catalogue can be downloaded directly from the APG website at www.apgold.com.au.  Alternatively, hardcopies can also be ordered from the website or by phoning +61 3 5275 1999.

Submitted by APG Sales


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