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A quiet weekend

It is a fairly quiet weekend for the New Zealand Ballymore stable this weekend with just the two runners - Valencia's Image at Ascot Park on Saturday and Xalted at Ellerslie on Sunday.

Lining up in the third event at Ascot Park, the Vinyl Bar Handicap over 1200m, Valencia's Image has not been far away at her last couple and Chad Ormsby is hoping for a big run.

"She has drawn nicely in barrier two and if she gets a good run from there she should prove hard to beat," he enthused.

Boasting a consistent record at the 1200m, Valencia's Image will be ridden by Kylie Williams who has been aboard for her last two starts.

Feature racing heads to Ellerslie on Sunday and we are hoping for a big run by Xalted in the Group Two Avondale Gold Cup.

The son of Pentire has been consistent of late, finishing on the heels of the placegetters when stepping up to the 2400m of the Gold Cup at his most recent outing at Trentham.

"It is a handy race," Ormsby conceded, "but he looks a light-weight chance on the minimum (52kg).
[15 Feb 13]

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