Waikato Guineas Win for Puccini

Progressive stayer Puccini (3c Encosta de Lago x Miss Opera, by Paris Opera) captured another feature race win when taking out the Group II Waikato Guineas at Te Rapa in New Zealand on Saturday.

A half-brother to six-time Group I winner Sir Slick, the Peter McKay trained colt scored a tenacious neck win in the 2000 metre contest despite drawing a wide gate.

His overall record is now three wins and four placings from 12 starts with prizemoney topping $160,000 with the Group I New Zealand Derby on March 2 firmly in his sights.

One of 99 stakes-winners for champion sire Encosta de Lago, Puccini is one of six winners from six foals to race from stakes-winning Paris Opera mare Miss Opera.

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