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More WonderMore Champagne to Come for Wonder

The two-year-olds don’t have many opportunities to step past 1400m in New Zealand and Saturday’s Diamond Lodge Champagne Stakes over 1600m at Counties will give the youngsters looking for a bit further the perfect opportunity to test their stamina. This year’s Champagne Stakes will be run at Pukekohe due to the alterations being carried out at Ellerslie racecourse and one would think that the Team Rogerson trained More Wonder’s recent racing will stand him in good stead as far as running out the 1600m on what is likely to be a rain-affected track.

More Wonder has never finished further back than fourth in his five career starts and comes of a strong win in over Nirvana on Fire and Madison County at Rotorua – a win franked by Madison County when he scored impressively at Hawkes Bay last weekend.  

Bred by Gerry Harvey, More Wonder (Mossman-Wonderworld) was a $45,000 purchase for Graeme Rogerson at the 2017 Karaka Select Sale. The third foal of the More Than Ready mare Wonderworld, More Wonder is a three-quarter brother to the prolific Macau performer Wonder Mossman (16 wins including the Macau Gold Cup three times) and boasts the outstanding staying mare Jezabeel as his third dam. Wonder Mossman has won up to 1800m and of course Jezabeel to the ultimate distance of 3200m in her Melbourne Cup/Auckland Cup victories.

Wonderworld has a Swiss Ace yearling, foaled a Tavistock colt in 2017, and is currently infoal to Derby winning stallion Tarzino.

It could well be a touch of déjà vu should More Wonder be able to salute tomorrow, as his close relation Jezabeel also appears on the Honour Roll for the Champagne Stakes back in 1995, beating Native Chief and Red Hot at just her second start when trained by Brian Jenkins at Cambridge.  

More Wonder is a warm $2.40 favourite with the NZ TAB in the early market, while the Baker/Forsman trained Ole Ole (Makfi-C’mon Cuba) is currently on the second line of betting after finishing a good second on debut to Ristretto (Makfi) at New Plymouth, while another Westbury graduate Danelyn (Sepoy) is one of those longer priced horses in the Chamagne at $24, but was seen to be making good ground over 1300m at Hawkes Bay last week.

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