LOVE AFFAIR GAINS DESERVED GROUP SUCCESS

She was then thwarted by bad weather when scratched from last week’s Gr.2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1400m) at Pukekohe before finally getting conditions to suit today.

“It was a good effort,” co-trainer Andrew Forsman said.

“The second horse was brave too, he was three-wide the whole way without any cover.

“It was a muddling run race and definitely didn’t suit her and that’s what we were nervous about, but I said to Matt, ‘don’t panic, just ride her like she’s the best in the race,’ and thankfully her class got her through.”

Sporting the colours of Waikato Stud, Forsman believes the mare is best suited at 1400m in a truly run race.

“She deserved a Stakes win and she has got it today,” he said. “I am delighted for Waikato Stud.

“We will just take it one race at a time. She has had a fair bit of racing now this preparation, so we will just keep her ticking over and find suitable races for her.”

Waikato Stud will offer a half-sister to Love Affair by Ocean Park at January’s New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sales.

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