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Calypso leads them a merry dance


The Pentire breed - with which Ballymore Stables has enjoyed great success in New Zealand and Australia - are known for their toughness and Calypso showed plenty of that trait with her gritty victory at Te Rapa on Saturday.

Working early to get across to the lead from an outside barrier, the three-year-old got into a nice rhythm for Johnathon Parkes but she did not have it all her own way in the run home.

Pressured firstly at the 250m - giving another kick at the 200m - Calypso just kept giving and was able to find even more when again challenged by a swooper over the final stages.

Really putting her nose out to find the line in determined fashion, Calypso recorded her second victory from just five starts.

Raced by Dame Sian Elias and Hugh Fletcher, Calypso is a full sister to Ballymore Australian winner Let It Ride out of a half sister to the Newcastle Gold Cup winner Stratofortress.

Adelaide Cup winner The A Train also hails from this family.
[03 Feb 13]

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