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Livin' On a PrayerLivin’ On a Prayer and Passing Shot Strong Chances in Pegasus Stakes

Northern gallopers Livin’ On a Prayer (Redwood) and Passing Shot (Swiss Ace) will be strong chances in the Listed Pegasus Stakes over 1000m at Riccarton on Saturday.

Livin’ On a Prayer will be looking to break her black type duck in the Pegasus after going very close to winning the Group 3 Taranaki Stakes at Hawera at her most recent start behind Nicoletta. Trained by Wayne Hillis at Matamata, Livin’ On a Prayer will having her fourth run of the season on Saturday and has been in superb form since kicking off her preparation in September with a brave second to Te Akau Shark on Tarzino Stakes Day at Hawkes Bay, before winning an open sprint easily at Avondale over 1200m.

Livin’ On a Prayer has had 5 wins and 5 placings from her 15 career starts and the daughter of Redwood looks assured of winning a good race at short notice. Regular rider Cameron Lammas will be reunited with Livin’ On a Prayer after being unavailable at her last start.

Among Livin’ On a Prayer’s rivals tomorrow is the talented sprinter Passing Shot who returns to Riccarton looking for some just revenge after just missing out on a win in the Group 3 Stewards Handicap last year. Although a 7YO, Passing Shot appears to have come up very well again this season and has had two trials to fit him for his outing on Saturday, winning the most recent of these at Te Aroha.

Raced by Go Racing’s Go Racing the Ace Syndicate, Passing Shot has been trained throughout his career by Stephen McKee, winning 10 races and been placed a further 10 times with $376,000 in stakes – and quite amazingly Passing Shot has filled a first five spot at 31 of his 44 starts!

Pictured: Livin' On a Prayer

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