It’s a Dundeel resting before Cox Plate campaign

New Zealand star It’s a Dundeel (NZ) began a well-earned rest at Henley Park in Cambridge last week.

“He arrived here on Tuesday and had a little run around his usual paddock,” Henley Park’s Sarah Devcich said.  “He looks fantastic and is happy to be home and enjoying the green grass.”

The Murray Baker-trained colt became the just the fifth horse to claim Sydney’s 3YO Triple Crown when easily taking out the Australian Derby on April 13.  It’s a Dundeel then stepped out of his own age group in the G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes to finished a creditable second to Reliable Man.

It’s a Dundeel (3c High Chaparral – Stareel by Zabeel) had scored explosive wins in the G1 Randwick Guineas and G1 Rosehill Guineas prior to the Australian Derby.  Not offered at auction, he is raced by a large syndicate of owners.  Second-dam Staring won the 1992 G1 New Zealand Oaks.

It’s a Dundeel will return to Australia with the Cox Plate on his Victorian spring carnival agenda.