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A strong 1000-metre gallop by the stablemates Pakapunch and Superveloce and a good solo effort by Peso were among the highlights at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was confined to the plough which provided good footing for the early part of the session but had dried out due to strong winds later on.

   Pakapunch and Superveloce worked over 1000 metres in 1:3.4, running the first 400 metres in 26.1 and coming home the last 600 in 37.3. Both horses looked to be hitting out well at the finish and both are likely starters at this Sunday’s Waipukurau meeting.

   Peso, another likely runner at Waipukurau, ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:5.5, the first 400 taking 27.5 and the final 600 in 38. He finished a close second in a 2100-metre race at Hastings last start and is likely to contest the maiden 2200-metre event at Waipukurau.

   Matovani, another likely runner at Waipukurau on Sunday, worked on his own over 1000 metres in 1:5.3, the last 600 in 36.8 while Cajun worked over a round and was timed to run the last 1000 metres in 1:7.8, the final 600 in 40.

   Deb and Savuno worked together over 1000 metres in 1:8.5, the last 600 in 38.3 and they are two others likely to race at Waipukurau on Sunday.

   Davey Crockett had trainer Kate Hercock aboard when working over a round and was timed to ruin the last 1200 metres in 1:20.7, the final 600 in 38.1. He went a much improved race for fifth over 1400 metres at Hastings last start.

   Lamborghini and Alpine Julz worked together over 1000 metres and were timed to run the last 800 in 53.3, the final 600 in 38.7. Lamborghini is likely to start at Waipukurau while Alpine Julz could resume at Hastings on Thursday of next week.

   Terraplane had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when running an easy 1000 metres in 1:13.2, the last 600 in 40.5 while stablemate Red Tiara underwent similar work with a 1000 metres in 1:14.3, the last 600 in 43.5.

   Proficient was kept under a good hold over 800 metres in 55.3, coming home the last 600 in 40.8.



   Red Tiara turned in one of the best gallops in a quiet session at the Hastings track this morning.

   There were not many horses worked as several had headed to the Waverley trials on the same day.

   Red Tiara had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when working over 1000 metres, running the last 800 in 52.5 and final 600 in 37.5. She is a four-year-old mare by Per Incanto who went an improved race for sixth over 1400 metres at Hastings last start.

   Dukebox, another in the Burne stable, worked over a round and was timed to run his last 1000 metres in 1:6.8, the last 600 in 40.

   Le Gigi worked in from the 1200-metre peg in 1:21.1. She ran the first 600 in a leisurely 43.3 and then quickened over the last 600 in 37.8.

   The stakes placed mare Goodsav was restricted to just half-pace over two rounds and looked keen to go a lot faster.

   Proficient and a Danroad three-year-old gelding were two others who were restricted to just two rounds of half-pace.


   Top sprinter Adventador bowled along nicely at three-quarter pace over 700 metres at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   There was very little in the way of horses working and they were mostly confined to the plough, which provided soft footing.

   Adventador had apprentice Jordan Bassett aboard when working in from about the 700-metre mark and was timed to run home the last 600 metres in 45s. The big Fast ‘N’ Famous gelding is coming up well in a fresh campaign and may kick off again in Listed $50,000 Levin Stakes (1200m) at Otaki on November 25.

   My Tommy was keen to go faster when he came home the last 600 metres of his work in 46s. He was to have started at this Saturday’s Rangitikei meeting at Awapuni but trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen did not want to run him on a very heavy track.

   Bella Margarita, a three-year-old filly by Nadeem in the Lowry/Cullen stable, ended her work with 600 metres in 44.3 while Deb and a Keeper gelding ran over the same ground in 43.4.

   Donardo was another who was kept to just three-quarter pace when running 800 metres in 60.6, the last 600 in 45.3. He is likely to have a run at next Tuesday’s Waverley trials.

   A Niagara-Our Jean Brodie two-year-old colt and a Rock ‘N’ Pop two-year-old filly ran the last 600 metres of their work in 44s.

Saint Kitt to continue South Island sojourn 17 Nov 2016

   Transport disruptions caused by last Monday’s South Island earthquake have meant that Hastings-trained Saint Kitt is still in Christchurch and is now likely to remain there until the New Year.

   The horse’s trainer Kelly Burne had planned to have the horse back in her stable this week but ferry sailings between Picton and Wellington were cancelled due to extensive damage to the Wellington and Picton ferry terminals.

   “The horse is stranded down there now but it’s not all bad,” Burne said.

   She has had the horse stabled at Pam Robson’s property at Riccarton and said she may put the horse in Robson’s name for the next couple of months so that he can continue racing down in the South Island.

   “The Otago Cup at Wingatui on Boxing Day looks a good race for him next and there is also the Dunedin Cup in January,” Burne added.

   The $30,000 Otago Cup is run over 2200 metres while the Listed $50,000 Dunedin Gold Cup (2400m) will be run at Wingatui on February 4.

    Saint Kitt has been plagued by leg problems throughout his career and Robson has an equine pool on her property and the horse has done a lot of extensive swimming to help keep him fit.

   Burne sent Saint Kitt south in September and the Keeper six-year-old has had five starts down there for a win, a second and a third.

   He scored a string win in the Banks Peninsula Cup (2200m) at Motukarara on October 30 and followed that up with a good second behind Nymph Monte in the Listed $75,000 Metropolitan Trophy (2500m) on the first day of the New Zealand Cup meeting at Riccarton.

   Saint Kitt was bred by Hawke’s Bay-based Don Gordon in partnership with Little Avondale Stud. He has had several racing ownerships over the years but is now owned by Burne in partnership with her Perth-based son Vinnie.


Bridge back in CHB

   Trainer James Bridge has officially closed his Auckland stable and has now moved back to his home base in Central Hawke’s Bay.

   The 34-year-old has been operating out of the Byerley Park complex in Auckland for the past 18 months but he and his father John have purchased a farm property at Pourerere Beach, east of Waipukurau, where they have set up a private training establishment. It is complete with new boxes and yards and they will be able to work their horses on the nearby beach.

   James had two starters at last Saturday’s Canterbury meeting at Riccarton with Mystery Show finishing seventh in the Group 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) and Gilhoolie fourth in the Listed $50,000 Welcome Stakes (1000m) for two-year-olds. Both horses are now expected to return to the new property and be spelled until the New Year.

   Bridge says he is not going to have a lot of horses racing over the next few months and will be concentrating on getting horses up to a certain stage and then selling them on.

   The Bridges were the original owners of the top Australian performer Mackintosh, who is likely to be one of Kawi’s rivals in tomorrow’s Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m). They bought the Pins four-year-old as a weanling for $11,000 and James prepared him to win two races from three starts before he was sold to clients of top Sydney trainer Chris Waller. The horse has since added another four wins.


Kawi faces big task

   Trainer Allan Sharrock is not confident of a winning run from his star galloper Kawi in tomorrow’s $A1million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at the Ascot racecourse in Perth.

   The New Plymouth trainer says Kawi is in great order going into the 1600-metre event but the conditions of the feature have blunted his confidence.

   “If he won then he would exceed my expectations,” Sharrock said. “It’s a handicap and he’s got to carry 58.5kg and he’ll be giving the one that won the other day four kilos and not two.”

   He was referring to Perfect Reflection, who was successful in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes, in which Kawi finished a respectable fourth.

   “He blew out noticeably and it was 37 degrees,” Sharrock said “He got over there late and he had very little fast work in the week before the race, but I’m happy with him.”

   Kawi, who is in the care of his regular strapper Emma Davies in Perth, will again be ridden by Michael Walker.

   “This is the race of the three that I always thought would be the biggest battle,” Sharrock said.

   “I honestly can’t see him winning at the weights, but I would like to see him hitting the line strongly and I expect him to be doing that. He’ll be right for third one then.”

   Kawi’s three-start Western Australian campaign will end with the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic on December 3, a weight-for-age event over 1800 metres.


Johnson for Singapore

   Danielle Johnson faces a hectic travel schedule this weekend.

   She will ride at Pukekohe Park on Saturday before boarding an overseas flight after she was booked for the Stephen Gray-trained Newlands in Sunday’s Singapore Gold Cup at Kranji.

   “Stephen was looking for a good lightweight jockey and got in touch to see if Danielle was available,” her agent Kevin Booth said.

   “It means missing Te Rapa on Sunday but this is a great opportunity that she wasn’t going to pass up.

   “She’ll be on a couple of others for Stephen Gray and Bruce Marsh has got some rides for her too.”


Nicholson’s shaky trip

   Grant Nicholson experienced first-hand the force of this week’s massive earthquake.

   The Opaki horseman was on his way home from New Zealand Cup and Show Week when he got the fright of his life.

   “We left Christchurch at 7.30 on Sunday evening for the 2 o’clock ferry and the locals told us later that we were the last vehicle to get through,” Nicholson said.

   “We were about halfway between Kaikoura and Blenheim when it hit – I thought the truck was going to tip over.

   “The road was rolling towards us and the sky in front of us lit up. Apparently, that was the energy released from the earthquake. Everything was rocking and rolling, scary stuff.”

   Nicholson said his horses came through unscathed and he was more than happy with Nymph Monte’s Riccarton performances, despite missing out on his major goal.

  The Tavistock five-year-old claimed the Listed double of the Spring Classic and the Metropolitan Trophy Handicap to earn favouritism in last Saturday’s Cup.

   Nymph Monte finished fifth behind Pump Up The Volume with an effort that Nicholson said he was proud of.

   “Certainly the rain didn’t help and he didn’t help himself either. When he jumped he banged into another horse and he over-raced after that, but he pulled up really well.

   “If he had dropped out then I wouldn’t have bagged the horse, but he fought on well and I thought it was a top effort.”

  Looking ahead, Nicholson now has the choice between two Ellerslie options for Nymph Monte.

   “I’ll get him home and then decide, but it will either be the City of Auckland Cup or the Zabeel Classic,” he said.


Triple Crown bonus

   A clean sweep of three northern staying features will realise a massive pay day.
   New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing and the Auckland Racing Club have announced a $1 million bonus to any horse to win the Group 3 Laser Plumbing Te Puke City of Auckland Cup on New Year's Day, the Group 2 Go Racing Syndications Avondale Cup on February 18 and the Group 1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup on March 11.
   "The ARC acknowledges the support of NZTR regarding our three feature summer staying races," chief executive Cameron George said.
   "The bonus will add further excitement to what will be a fantastic summer of racing at Ellerslie."


No plans for Xtravagant

   The future racing programme of the dual Group One winner Xtravagant has yet to be confirmed.

   The Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained four-year-old has returned to work following a break after his disappointing two-start Melbourne campaign.

   “He’s been back for a couple of weeks, but no plans have been made,” the stable’s racing manager Brad Taylor said.


In Another Life races away with jumpout win 8 Nov 2016

   In Another Life and Pakapunch were two impressive winners at today’s Hastings jumpouts.

   There were six heats run up against the inside rail, where the ground was firm.

   In Another Life was only opposed by two rivals and was far too good for them, racing right away over the final stages of a 750-metre heat to win by 8 lengths. His winning time of 44.1s was more than a second faster than the other two 750-metre heats on the day.

   Pakapunch contested the first of three 1000-metre heats. She settled towards the back before powering down the centre of the track to get up and win by a long neck in the hands of apprentice Jordan Bassett. Her winning time of 1:01.8 was nearly a second faster than the other two 1000-metre heats.



   Heat 1, 750m: Niagara-Miss Jean Brodie 2yr-old colt (K Hercock) 1, Prince Conti-Meander 3yr-old filly 2, Jimmy Choux 3yr-old gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: 1-1/4 lengths, 2-1/4 lengths. Time: 45.8s. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen.

   Heat 2, 750m: Lady Conraad (D Bradley) 1, Fully Fledged 3yr-old filly 2, Lope De Vega 3. Five starters. Margins: 3-1/2 lengths, 1-1/2 lengths. Time: 45.8s. Winner trained by Patrick Campbell, Hastings.

   Heat 3, 750m: In Another Life (D Bradley) 1, Moss Jazz 2, Amalgamation 3. Three starters. Margins: 8 lengths, 3-1/2 lengths. Time: 44.1s. Winner trained by Patrick Campbell, Hastings.

   Heat 4, 1000m: Pakapunch (J Bassett) 1, Epee 2, O’Reilly-Brianna 3yr-old colt 3. Four starters. Margins: Long neck, 1 length. Time: 1:01.8. Winner trained by Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen, Hastings.

   Heat 5, 1000m: Nadeem 3yr-old gelding (K Hercock) 1, Jessicova 2, Sufficient 3yr-old gelding 3. Four starters. Margins: Head, 4-1/2 lengths. Time: 1:2.5. Winner trained by Sue Thompson & Mick Brown, Hastings.

   Heat 6, 1000m: Matovani (K Hercock) 1, The Cossack 2, Sian 3. Four starters. Margins: 5 lengths, 3 lengths. Time: 1:2.6. Winner trained by Paul Nelson, Hastings.


   Hunta Pence, preparing for Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, turned in a good solo gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was again confined to the plough, which provided good footing.

   Hunta Pence worked in from the 1200-metre peg and was timed to run home the last 1000 metres in 1:6.6, quickening appreciably over the final 600 in 37.7. The No Excuse Needed gelding was unplaced over 1600 metres at Te Rapa last start but will be stepped up to a middle distance on Sunday. Chris Johnson has been booked to ride him.

   Terraplane, entered for the Maiden 1600-metre race at Hastings, had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when sprinting 600 metres on his own in 37.6. He is a three-year-old by Zacinto.

   Superveloce, also entered for the Maiden 1600 on Sunday, was kept to just three-quarter pace when running 1000 metres in 1:16.9, the last 600 in 45.4. He was forced to cover plenty of extra ground in the running when seventh over 1400 metres at Woodville last start and has drawn a lot better on Sunday.

   Zed Leppelin had co-trainer Mick Brown aboard when running 1200 metres in 1:22.5, the last 600 in 38.1 while Cowboys Don’t Cry clocked 1:6.5 for 1000 metres, the last 600 in 38.2.

   Dukebox ran a solo 1000 metres in 1:10, the last 600 in 40.1 while Darci’s Day sprinted twice over 400 metres, the first in 24.9 and the second in 24.4.


Two wins and a second for Hawke’s Bay couple 3 Nov 2016

   Hastings thoroughbred owner Gerard Moughan and his wife Vera have certainly had a fortnight to remember following the deeds of their horses on the racetrack.

   Exhibit, a horse the couple own after they bought dam in foal, was an impressive debut maiden win over 1200 metres at Woodville on October 23 and three days later Pinstripe, a mare they part-own and were the co-breeders of, scored a runaway win in a Rating 65 race over 1600 metres at Avondale.

   Pinstripe then lined up again at Avondale two days ago where she finished a game second in a Rating 70 race over 1600 metres.

   Pinstripe was bred by the Moughans' in partnership with Gerard’s sister Mary Stanley and another Hawke’s Bay man Tony Aldridge. They own the mare and have taken in others to help race her. Napier couple Peter and Angela Callinicos have a racing share as do Pat Aldridge from Wellington and Jean-Maire Varliaud from France.

   Pinstripe was having her 15th start when successful at Avondale last week and was recording her second win after taking out a 1300-metre maiden race on the same track 11 months ago.

   Gerard Moughan says the Pins mare has always shown ability but has not been an easy horse to train and doesn’t help herself in her races.

   “She’s a lovely looking mare but she wasn’t the easiest horse to break in and tends to be field-shy when she races,” Moughan said.

   “She doesn’t like to be cluttered up and needs to be out in the open.”

   Pinstripe drew barrier four at Avondale last week but jockey Mark Du Plessis was quick to get the horse away from the fence and kept her in the clear. They swooped around the field to take a clear lead on the home turn and Pinstripe raced away over the final stages to win by 2-1/2 lengths.

   Leith Innes was aboard when the mare lined up again at Wednesday’s Avondale meeting and tried to replicate her winning run from last week. He settled her at the back of the field before sending her on a forward move around the field coming to the home turn.

   Pinstripe was the widest horse on straightening and looked the likely winner when she bounded to the front at 300 metres from the finish. However she could not withstand the late run by Echezeaux and went down by half a length.


Saint Kitt’s plans changed

   A decisive win by Hastings-trained Saint Kitt in last Sunday’s $12,000 Banks Peninsula Cup at Motukarara has meant a change of plans for the horse.

   Trainer Kelly Burne was going to aim the Keeper gelding at a Rating 85 race over 2500 metres at Riccarton tomorrow week but his win last Sunday took his rating up to 86, meaning he is ineligible for that race. So he will now back up in tomorrow’s

Listed $75,000 Metropolitan Trophy Handicap over 2500 metres at Riccarton, the final all important lead up race to the Group 3 $250,000 New Zealand Cup (3200m). 

   “He’s come through his win the other day really well so he can line up in the Metropolitan,” Burne said this week.

   Saint Kitt was chalking up his fifth win last Sunday and has also recorded six minor placings. The seven-year-old was bred by Hawke’s Bay’s Don Gordon and has been raced by a number of syndicates over the years but is now owned by Kelly Burne and her Australian-based son Vinnie.

   Top South Island jockey Chris Johnson was a key to Saint Kitt’s victory in last Sunday’s 2200-metre race. The horse wanted to over-race in the early and middle stages but Johnson’s great hands got him to settle in the last four and then he waited until just before the home turn before letting the horse roll forward.

   Saint Kitt was the widest runner on straightening for the run home and kept up a strong finish down the outside to win by half a length.

   He has drawn the number one barrier in tomorrow’s 2500-metre race at Riccarton and Chris Johnson has retained the ride.

   Saint Kitt was one of two Hawke’s Bay-owned winners at last Sunday’s Banks Peninsula meeting, the other being Verna Audrey in the Rating 65 race over 1400 metres.

   The four-year-old Shocking mare was bred by Hastings man Ian Holloway who races her in partnership with his Rotorua –based brother Graeme along with Chris Cowan (Hastings) and Rowland Bartlett (Paraparaumu).

   Verna Audrey started out in the Hastings stable of John Bary but is now prepared at Washdyke by Michael Daly. She has now won two races since transferring to the South Island, the other being a 1200-metre maiden race at Timaru in March.

  Ian Holloway said this week that Verna Audrey will be kept to lower grade races in the near future, with another Rating 65 race over 1400 metres at Cromwell on November 27 likely to be her next start.

   “We are just trying to get her confidence up,” Holloway said.

   “We are thinking of stepping her up over ground in time, once she learns to relax a bit more.”

   Holloway has three other horses in work with Michael Daly, including a three-year-old half-sister to Verna Audrey by Any Suggestions. She is called Rosie Jane and unplaced in her race debut at Washdyke last month.

   “I’ve also got a Nadeem two-year-old colt, who is a half-brother, but he hasn’t raced yet,” Holloway added.


Impressive fresh up win

   Hawke’s Bay Racing general manager Andrew Castles had good reason to celebrate following Ishinktaatledo’s maiden win at New Plymouth on Thursday of last week.

    Castles shares in both the ownership and the breeding of the Shinko King mare and thinks she has a good future on the racetrack.

   “It was only her fourth start and the first time she has struck a reasonably good track,” Castles said this week.

   “It was trainer error that she was running during the winter months as she couldn’t cope with those heavy tracks.

   “She has come back a lot stronger after a short break and I think she can go on with it now.”

   Ishinktaatledo was forced to cover plenty of extra ground in the 1400-metre event and kept up a strong run in the home straight to win by a length from Decades, with 2-3/4 lengths back to third placed Choux Play.

   Ishinktaatledo is trained at New Plymouth by Allan Sharrock, who also shares in the ownership of the mare along with Christchurch-based Dean McKenzie and two Auckland men, Gary Milne and Paul Baker.

   The five bred her out of Taatledoya, a Faltaat mare that won two races before an injury ended her career on the track. She was thought highly enough of that she lined up in the 2009 running of the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m).

   Thatstheticket, another of Taatledoya’s progeny, has had five starts for a win, two  seconds, a third and a fourth from five starts. He hasn’t raced since winning a maiden race over 1600 metres at Trentham in April and is likely to do his future racing in Australia.

   “He was on the same plane as Kawi when he was flown to Melbourne last week and is going to join the stable of Brett Scott over there,” Castles said.

   “We’ve retained an interest in him and Scotty has arranged a group of others to take the majority share.”

   Taatledoya has also produced an unraced two-year-old colt by Zed and a yearling filly by Road To Rock and was served last year by Keeper.


By-monthly award winner

   Waipukurau couple Lucy and Will de Lautour are the recipients of the Kevin Wood Memorial Trophy for the months of July and August.

   The award, sponsored by the Hawke’s Bay Racehorse Owners Association, is run on a by-monthly basis and presented to an owner, or owners, whose horse has performed with credit during those two months.

   Lucy de Lautour is the trainer of Kipkeino and races the horse in partnership with her husband Will. The Sunray gelding capped off three consecutive seconds over hurdles with a well deserved win in a maiden hurdle event at Wanganui on August 16.


Dragon roars in Hong Kong

   Packing Dragon, a five-year-old bred by Taupo’s Pat Lowry, brought up his third win in Hong Kong when taking out a Class 3 race over 1800 metres at Happy Valley last Sunday.

   The Mastercraftsman gelding jumped from a wide draw but quickly came across to take a clear lead after the first 200 metres and jockey Neil Callan was able dictate his own rules in front from then on.

   Packing Dragon was put under pressure by second placed Victory Boys early in the home straight but kicked on strongly to win by a neck.

   It was Packing Dragon’s third win this year and all of them have been on the Happy Valley track. The first was over 2000 metres in January and the second over 1800 metres in February.

   He is out of the Oregon mare Golden Gamble and a half-brother to Ambitious Dragon, who was rated Hong Kong Horse of the Year a couple of seasons ago. He won 13 races, six of them at Group 1 level.


Long recovery

   Champion New Zealand jockey Lisa Allpress faces a lengthy period of recovery.

   Her latest riding stint in Japan ended last month when she suffered a serious leg injury - she underwent surgery to fuse bone fragments back on her tibia – after parting company with a two-year-old on the way to the start.

   “She’s probably going to be out for eight to 10 months,” her New Zealand agent Aidan Rodley said.

   Allpress will return home from Tokyo as soon as she gets a clearance to travel.



Adventador bowled along on his own in an easy 1000-metre gallop at this morning’s Hastings track session.

   Fast work was confined to the plough, which provided soft footing.

   Adventador was not after a fast time when running a solo 1000 metres in 1:10.1, the first 400 metres taking 30s and the last 600 in 40.1. The big Fast ‘N’ Famous six-year-old is starting to fine down in condition as he prepares for another summer campaign. Her won the Group 1 Telegraph Sprint (1200m) at Trentham in January this year and is being aimed towards that race again.

   Superveloce, a likely runner at Sunday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting, was also sent an easy 1000 metres in 1:11.7, the last 600 in 40.1. He only managed seventh when resuming from a spell over 1400 metres at Woodville recently but was forced to cover plenty of extra ground from a wide draw that day.

   Deb and Savuno, two members of the Lowry/Cullen stable, took the time honours for the session when they ran 800 metres together in 52.7, the last 600 in 38.3 while Cowboys Don’t Cry took 1:6.2 for the last 1000 metres of his work, the final 600 in 38.5.

   Moss Jazz and a Nadeem three-year-old gelding, both in the stable of Sue Thompson and Mick Brown, sprinted 600 metres together in 38.3 while Dukebox had trainer Kelly Burne aboard when working in easily from the 800-metre peg in 57.9, the last 600 in 42.8.

   Zed Leppelin was not doing much more than three-quarter pace when running a solo 1000 metres in 1:12.5, the last 600 in 40.8 while Terraplane did similar work and clocked 1:12.4 for the 1000 metres, the last 600 in 42.

   A Prince Conti-Meander three-year-old filly finished ahead of a Fully Fledged three-year-old filly over 600 metres in 39.1 while a Nadeem-Song three-year-old filly ran an easy 600 metres in 41.7.

   Lady Conraad, now in the stable of Patrick Campbell, ran an easy 600 metres in 41s.

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