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Vespa On Trial For Australian Campaign
Gr1 winning Kiwi galloper Vespa (Elusive City-Miss Avalon, by Fantastic Light) has pleased his trainers Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard following his second placing to Xtravagant in last Saturday's Gr1 Waikato Sprint at Te Rapa, reports NZ Racing Desk. "He's a pretty special horse to us," Benner said. "He went a super race. He gave away a bit of ground when Xtravagant cut the corner and he chased hard." He added: "He's only just getting to his peak now. He's a heavy little colt, so he's taken a couple of runs and I think next time he races you'll see the best of him." Vespa will have his next start in the Gr1 WFA Classic on his home track at Otaki on 27 February ahead of a possible Australian campaign. "We're trying to maximise his value as a stallion," Benner said. "If he could win at Otaki, we'd strongly consider heading to Melbourne for the Blamey Stakes. It's a race that Tavistock won and looks like a nice goal for him."