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In A Twinkling out for Group One glory

In A Twinkling winning the Gr.3 Counties Cup (2100m). - Photo: Trish Dunell
In A Twinkling winning the Gr.3 Counties Cup (2100m).

Photo: Trish Dunell

Last start Gr.3 Counties Cup (2100m) winner In A Twinkling will be vying for Group One glory at Ellerslie on Boxing Day when he lines-up in the Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic (2000m).

The Jamie Richards-trained gelding finished runner-up in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) behind Crown Prosecutor last year, and he has subsequently added back-to-back Counties Cup victories to his record, however, a victory at elite level still eludes the five-year-old.

Richards is happy with his charge in the lead-up to Saturday’s feature, where he will jump from barrier two with jockey Opie Bosson aboard.

“He is in good shape,” Richards said. “He went to Ellerslie and had a gallop up there and worked really well, for him.

“He is on track, but whether he is a weight-for-age horse or not we are not sure yet.

“If there is no tempo he will be up on the speed and he can give a bit of a cheek.”

TAB bookmakers have installed In A Twinkling as a $13 sixth-favourite for Saturday’s race, behind Rock On Wood and Concert Hall, both at $4.20.

In A Twinkling will likely back-up at the Auckland track a week later in the Gr.3 SkyCity City Of Auckland Cup (2400m).

Bred by Caradale, In A Twinkling was purchased out of Curraghmore's 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock draft for $250,000. -NZ Racing Desk


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