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Cunning plan executed to near perfection

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Written by Paul Vettise

A bold move by Albert Bosma and two of his successful Go Racing syndication company’s trainers is reaping rewards.

They sent three maiden performers to Australia and while the plan got off to a luckless start in Victoria on Monday, it came good in New South Wales on Thursday with a winning double.

At Geelong earlier this week, G1 Victoria Derby hopeful Hasabro (NZ) (Savabeel) cleared traffic deep into the straight and stormed home for second.

“I was pleased with how he went, but it was a bit disappointing as he should have won.” - Stephen McKee.

“I was pleased with how he went, but it was a bit disappointing as he should have won,” trainer Stephen McKee said.

“I wouldn’t have minded going straight into the Geelong Classic in three weeks as he is pretty fit already, but I will have to get a feel for what the likelihood is that he will get in.”

It was the turn at Gosford on Thursday for the Stephen Marsh-trained mares Campari (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}) and Mark Two (NZ) (Pins) and they both delivered winning strikes.

“They are both stakes performers and progressive horses.”- Stephen Marsh.

“They are both stakes performers and progressive horses,” Marsh said.

Successful in the Legends of League Maiden, Campari was a NZ$100,000 Karaka purchase out of Trelawney Stud’s draft for Bosma.

A grand-daughter of the G1 Invitation S., winner Pernod (NZ) (Centaine), she finished third in last season’s Listed Soliloquy S.

Campari was a $100,000 Karaka purchase

Mark Two ran second in the G2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic earlier this year and was turned out after a sound effort for fifth in the G1 New Zealand Oaks. She gave James McDonald, who also partnered Campari, a busy ride in the De Bortoli Maiden before drawing out late.

“A mile is just a warm-up distance for her and she was on and off the bit.” – Stephen Marsh.

“A mile is just a warm-up distance for her and she was on and off the bit,” Marsh said. “She’ll go up to 2000 metres next. She’s a classy mare and we’ll now look to be a little bit more ambitious.”

She was secured out of Waikato Stud’s Karaka consignment for $150,000 and is out of the unraced Zephyr Song (NZ) (Danasinga). Mark Two is a sister to the G3 Eulogy S winner Whistling Dixie and a half-brother to the Hong Kong Group 1 performer Victory Magic (NZ) (Savabeel).

“We thought we’d have a crack at the good Sydney money and they looked pretty well-placed,” Marsh said. “It’s something I think we’ll do a lot more of if our stake money doesn’t pay off.

“Over here, we can go to a city midweek and race for $50,000 and, if they measure up, to a city race on a Saturday for $125,000.”

Mark Two was a $150,000 Karaka purchase