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Swiss Ace-11 copyEaster Celebrations for Swiss Ace

Swiss Ace is celebrating with four more winners over the Easter weekend including The Chaser being Stephen Autridge's 1000th training success, stakes winner Passing Shot returning to form, South Fork winning two from two, and a new Singapore winner Ocean Master.

On the eve of the Easter weekend The Chaser cleared a five-length win at Wanganui and being apart of the Te Akau racing stable the son of Swiss Ace represented Stephen Autridge's 1000th training success. While it is a remarkable achievement it was also day of sadness for the Autridge family as they paid their respects to the Autridge Matriarch.

Go Racing's Passing Shot has been competing in top company of late including finishing fourth to Savile Row in the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap, and the win on Easter Monday at Rotorua made it his 10th and was hopefully the boost he needs to see out the season with a stakes win at Hawke’s Bay in a couple of weeks.

“He’s a summer horse nearing the end of his campaign now, so we’ll see how he comes through this, but the Listed race at Hawke’s Bay is 1200m and should be ideal for him,” commented trainer Stephen McKee.

Passing Shot won the Listed NZB Finance Sprint in 2016 and finished third last year. This year’s sprint will take place on April 14 at Hawke’s Bay.

Also at Rotorua we saw three of the first four horses in the Sherlock Contracting 1215 bred by Gerry Harvey with the winner South Fork and fourth placegetter Carson River part of his NZ-based racing team and both sired by Swiss Ace, while second placegetter Ottavio was a Makfi gelding who was bought by Team Rogerson from Westbury’s Karaka 2016 yearling draft.

It was a much deserved win for Singapore sprinter Ocean Master who finally scored his first victory this week after placing on a number of occasions. Bred by Blyth Tait’s Chesterfields the son of Swiss Ace is from the family of twice Australian Horse of the Year and twice Champion older horse in Australasia Might and Power and Champion Hong Kong Miler Lucky Owners.

Swiss Ace is amongst the countries top five General Sires by Winners for this season with 33 winners alongside Savabeel, Darci Brahma, Iffraaj and Per Incanto. The progeny of Swiss Ace now have a combined earning of over A$9.5 million from 147 winners.

Pictured: Swiss Ace – courtesy of Lesley Warwick.

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