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Joey Massino Wins Avondale Guineas
Waikato Stud stallion & former champion NZ sire O'Reilly (Last Tycoon-Courtza, by Pompeii Court) added a group success when favoured colt Joey Massino (O'Reilly-Rationable, by Housebuster) scored by a short-head in the NZ$85,000 Gr2 Avondale Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs at Avondale. Joey Massino (ridden by Vinnie Colgan for trainer Peter McKay) defeated the gelding Finderskeepers (Keeper-Join The Fun, by Rory's Jester) & Australian-bred gelding Celtic Fantasy (Giant's Causeway-Snowdonia, by Peintre Celebre). Joey Massino (a NZ$140,000 yearling consigned by Waikato Stud at the 2008 NZB Premier Sale at Karaka) now has 3 wins (also including April’s Listed Champagne Stakes over 1600m at Ellerslie) & 3 runners-up (including February's Listed Fairview Ford Matamata Slipper over 1200m at Matamata) from 11 starts for NZ$136,875 earnings.