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Abashiri Wins Gr1 South African Derby
At Turffontein in South Africa, 3YO colt Abashiri (Go Deputy-Donya, by Elliodor) confirmed his status as the best 3YO in the country when scoring by a nose for trainer Mike Azzie in the R1 million Gr1 South African Derby (2450m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colt Rocketball (Judpot-Kite Runner, by Kabool) & Australian-bred 3YO colt Samurai Blade (Where's That Tiger-Shao Shao, by Shinko Forest). Abashiri took his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 South African Classic & Gr2 Gauteng Guineas) and 2 placings from 8 starts for approximately R3 million earnings.