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MakfiFine Chances for Makfi at Cambridge Meeting

After a very good week with Ruby Armani winning a stakes race at Awapuni and Tribal Wisdom winning at Randwick, former Westbury sire Makfi has strong representation across the card at the Cambridge Jockey Club’s premier meeting at Te Rapa tomorrow with some four runners over the eight race program and some very good chances in the day’s features, the Group 2 Travis Stakes and the Group 3 Inglis Sales Breeders Stakes.

Makfi will be represented in the Group 2 Travis Stakes by the Sir Peter Vela-owned Cote d’Or who will looking to top off an impressive season on the track. Trained by Bev and Ken Kelso, Cote d’Or has been a model of consistency this season with three wins, a second, and a fourth from six starts including an impressive win in the Listed Wealleans Matamata Cup over 1600m, while her last start in the Group 1 Fiber Fresh NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes saw the mare finish sixth to Miss Wilson on a day which favoured the front runners.

The Group 3 Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders Stakes will see promising 3YO Pop Star Princess make her first black type appearance when she steps put in the Group 3 event over 1200m. Trained by Fred Cornege at Cambridge the gutsy filly has shown well above ability, finishing third to Group 2 winner Contessa Vanessa at her debut at Matamata in an open 3YO race, before leading all the way to win in a similar race at Rotorua. Pop Star Princess was unplaced over 1400m at Te Aroha when weakening after leading early and finished 3.7 lengths from the impressive La Castile. Back to 1200m from a handy gate should be to her favour and it would not surprise to see the filly in the race for a long way.

Makfi has two runners entered for the Cambridge Equine Hospital Premier for the two-year-olds on the day, with Our Wonderland from the Rogerson stable making his debut, and Platinum Rapper from the Lisa Latta stable both down to run. Our Wonderland was a $120,000 Ready to Run purchase by Team Rogerson and has shown good promise at recent trials. Our Wonderland is bred on the same Makfi/Encosta de Lago cross as high class racemare Sofia Rosa.

The second of Makfi juveniles entered is Platinum Rapper who showed good ability when winning a trial at Foxton before an unlucky sixth on debut at Rotorua. Platinum Rapper (ex Wednesday Rocks), is a half-sister to Platinum Command (Red Giant) who runs in the Group 2 Travis Stakes on Saturday, and was a $55,000 yearling purchase at Karaka while her full sister was sold for $100,000 in 2018.

Pictured: Makfi - photo courtesy of Lesley Warwick.

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