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Awapuni feature likely for Winter Cup runner-up

  • Tue, 07 Aug 2018
  • Richard Edmunds
She's Poppy won the Listed Rangitikei Gold Cup at Awapuni in May and is likely to return there for next month's Boehringer Ingelheim 1550.

She's Poppy won the Listed Rangitikei Gold Cup at Awapuni in May and is likely to return there for next month's Boehringer Ingelheim 1550.

Next month’s Gr. 3 Boehringer Ingelheim 1550 is a likely target for gallant Winter Cup runner-up She’s Poppy.

The daughter of Alamosa has hit career-best form in recent months, winning the Listed Rangitikei Gold Cup before finishing second in the Listed Ag Challenge Stakes and in last Saturday’s $100,000 winter showpiece.

“We were really pleased with her run in the Winter Cup,” trainer and part-owner Raymond Connors said. “It was a great effort.

“Obviously it would have been better to win it, but running second is the next best thing. She went about as well as she can go, and the other horse (Platinum Command) was just a bit too good on the day.”

She’s Poppy is not among the nominations for the final day of the carnival this Saturday, with Connors keen to give the seven-year-old a bit more time between runs.

“She won’t be running again in the carnival and we’ll take her back home,” he said. “We’ll see what the weather does before making any firm decisions, but that Group Three race at Palmy in September looks like a good option.”

The $70,000 feature, formerly known as the Merial Metric Mile, will be held on September 15.