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Special Win for Stella's Honour

What a special win for Stella’s Honour (O’Reilly x Stella’s Pantry), her connections and Ballymore at Avondale on Monday.

Stepping out on debut for Ballymore Stables NZ Ltd, Neil Bidois, Lady Justine & Sir Patrick Hogan, Gee Tong and new Ballymore clients Elizabeth and Mathew Oram, the beautifully bred O’Reilly filly also carried the special well wishes of Karen and Hayley Davis and the late Merwyn Davis.

Karen and her daughter Hayley absolutely cherish the share they have inherited in Stella’s Honour following the sad passing of Merwyn earlier in the year.

Merwyn, a great supporter of Ballymore Stables had always wanted to race an O’Reilly but wasn’t sure he could afford it. However, he attended our Open Day in February and was taken with ‘Stella’ when she paraded. Merwyn discovered that there was a lease option for her, so he was quick to snap up a share, fulfilling a long-time ambition to race an O’Reilly filly.

Stella’s Honour, who was bred by Lady Justine and Sir Patrick Hogan, is the first horse Hayley has raced and it was wonderful to see her family celebrate as Stella crossed the finishing line on Monday.

Chad has always rated Stella’s Honour as a filly with a future and is confident that she can go on with her winning form.

“Stella dented a few reputations in a hot field on Monday and I was delighted with her winning effort” Chad said.

“She missed the kick ever so slightly and did really well to run home so strongly. We had expected a strong debut performance from her but it was very special to see her win for all concerned” he added.

Stella’s Honour holds a nomination for the Gr.1 1000 and the Gr.1 2000 Guineas at Riccarton during the New Zealand Cup Carnival, but until then, we are all just happy to replay Monday's race and celebrate Stella’s debut win in honour of Merwyn.

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