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Group One hope impresses on return

A star turn from last season with Group Two, Three and Listed successes, she will attempt to complete her black type box set in the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy on September 2.
Volpe Veloce warmed up for the opening leg of the Hawke’s Bay Triple Crown series with an effortless win in the Distinction Hamilton Motel 1200 at Te Rapa on Saturday.
“We’re absolutely over the moon,” said Graham Richardson, who trains Volpe Veloce with Gavin Parker. “It’s a great result and she’s on target.”
Up against the open sprinters, Volpe Veloce jumped smartly to race outside the leader and regular rider Johnathan Parkes allowed her a little more rein to hit the front at the top of the straight.
The Wanganui jockey was afforded the luxury of several glances over his shoulder as he let the daughter of Foxwedge coast to the line.
“We wanted to ride her positively and take bad luck out of the equation,” Parkes said.
“She was pretty much bolting at the 600 and I just had to hold her She gave me a super feeling on the turn - she’s back big time.”
Volpe Veloce was out on her own by two and a half lengths at the post from Il Cavallo, who finished well after racing three wide toward the back of the field.
Close Up came from last under his topweight of 132lbs for third money and he is now likely to return in a fortnight for the Gr.2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate.
“I’ve never really considered him a weight-for-age horse, but with the big weights he’s getting in handicaps we might as well have a go,” co-breeder, part-owner and trainer Shelley Hale said.

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