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Trainers Sticking To Proven Path With Xiong Feng
Ardmore trainers Stephen McKee and Eddie Chippendale are following a proven formula to protect the unbeaten record of Karaka Million winner Xiong Feng (Iffraaj-Stray, by Tale of the Cat), reports NZ Racing Desk. The unbeaten gelding took his record to 3 wins from 3 starts for NZ$579,685 earnings when scoring an impressive front-running victory in the NZ$1 million juvenile feature at Ellerslie on 24 January. McKee and Chippendale have successfully spaced the 2YOs races and it will be more of the same as they prepare the country's richest youngster for a tilt at the Gr1 Diamond Stakes at Ellerslie on 12 March. "He's ticking over very nicely at the moment and he won't run again until the Diamond Stakes," McKee said. "That would be seven weeks between runs and that's what we've done so far with him."