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Tue, 5 Feb 2013 | 03:02 PM

Karaka Millions Winner Within Everyone’s Reach

Ruud Awakening owners celebrate Karaka Million's win
Go Racing has had the best possible start to the year by winning New Zealand’s richest race, the $1,000,000 Karaka Millions, with superb two-year-old filly Ruud Awakening. The horse, trained by Stephen Marsh, went into the race as the favourite and was never in doubt, winning convincingly by three lengths.

World class jockey Craig Williams who rode her commented that she had more up her sleeve and he had “no doubt” that she would measure up to the best in Australia.

Ruud Awakening was bought modestly for $90,000 one year ago and is owned by 10 syndicate members who range from first time owners, a retired couple from Invercargill to a New Zealand sporting legend. Go Racing Syndication Manager, Albert Bosma, is thrilled for them. “Ruud Awakening’s phenomenal success shows that syndication makes owning a top horse within everyone’s reach.”

“One of our first time syndicate members asked the advice of a friend before committing to Ruud Awakening. He advised him, ‘You won’t make any money in racing, but you’ll have a lot of fun and meet some terrific people along the way.’ On the whole this pretty good advice – except the filly has already won over $600,000 and is the subject of a seven figure offer.”

The filly’s next start will be the Group 1 Diamond Stakes as Ellerslie on 9 March.

The win also kicked off the most important week of the year in racing – the Karaka Yearling sales where we buy our future champions. Go Racing has purchased 11 yearlings, several with Karaka Millions potential for next year.


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