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First winner for former New Zealand Champion Dundeel

Cutadeel's trainer was responsible for Dundeel's stellar career

Dundeel: off the mark with a first winner on Friday
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Dundeel, the former New Zealand Horse of the Year and now Arrowfield Stud-based stallion, sired his first winner on Friday as Cutadeel scored at Tauranga.

Fittingly, the victory was masterminded by Murray Baker, who trained Dundeel to six Group 1 wins during his 19-race career and now operates in partnership with Andrew Forsman.

Cutadeel, a gelded son of the Dylan Thomas mare Dineeta, got off the mark on debut over 1200 metres following a pair of barrier trials, defeating stablemate Thomas Aquinas, a son of the formerly Marco Botti-trained Jakkalberry. 

“It’s obviously a great result for Murray, who trained Dundeel,” Forsman said. “There was plenty in his barrier trials to encourage us. I’m not sure he’s a natural two-year-old type, but he is a really nice horse.”

On the runner-up, Forsman added: “I felt a bit sorry for him, he hasn’t had much exposure going this way around (clockwise). He was a bit wayward up the straight so it was a good run.”

Dundeel stood for a fee of NZ$27,500 (£14,192/€16,079) in 2017.

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It’s obviously a great result for Murray, who trained Dundeel

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