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+12 Lisa Allpress
Four-time New Zealand champion Lisa Allpress (+12pt, #222 from #390), who missed the first three months of the 2020-21 season after hip-replacement surgery, landed her first G1 success since her return when Bonham held off odds-on favourite Brando to score by a neck in the Levin Classic at Trentham on Saturday [Jan 16].
Allpress, 45, has ridden more than 1,600 winners in New Zealand. She gained international fame when she became the first woman to ride a winner in Saudi Arabia last February at the inaugural Saudi Cup meeting in Riyadh.
She was honoured earlier this month with the award of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her outstanding service to horse racing.
Allpress’s compatriot Danielle Johnson (+8pt, #151 from #215) may have missed out on Brando but the runaway NZ title-race leader receives another tidy boost on the TRC global rankings after a G1 success on Avantage on the same card at Trentham.
In South America, leading trainer Antonio Cintra was dominant on Uruguay’s showpiece raceday at Maronas in Montevideo on Sunday [Jan 17]. with a historic 1-2-3 in the Gran Premio Jose Pedro Ramirez, the nation’s most prestigious race; he also landed the GP Pedro Pineyrua, a locally designated G1, with Aero Trim.
Cintra will be represented at Meydan on Thursday with three runners on the opening night of the Dubai Carnival headed by Ayunte Fiscal, who won the GP Jose Pedro Ramirez in 2020.
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