Sedecrem, The Jewel Take New Zealand Races

Sedecrem employed his traditional late burst to complete back-to-back wins in New Zealand's leading weight-for-age sprint at Te Rapa Feb. 12.

The 6-year-old son of Faltaat was last of the 10 runners into the home stretch in the $100,000 (NZ funds) Waikato Sprint (NZ-I) before winding up his characteristic big finish under Andrew Calder. The 3-1 second choice won by a long neck from Lamond, with veteran Travellin' Man a sound third. three-quarters of a length away.

Sedecrem is raced by an Auckland-based syndicate of Ernie Ward, Colin Giltrap, Winston McDonald, and Peter Walker. He is trained for them by Colin Jillings and Richard Yuill in Takanini.

The group gained the winner of almost $600,000 for $22,000 as a Karaka yearling through Brisbane agent John Foote. The horse was bred by Queensland trio Peter Newsom, Mac Whitehouse, and Tony Wales.

Te Rapa's other group I Feb 12, the Waikato International Stakes (2,000 meters), also fell to an established group I winner in The Jewel.

The distaffer from the most southerly reaches of New Zealand's South Island scored her first group I in the North Island in outstaying Distinctly Secret and Lashed by three-quarters of a length and a long neck respectively.

A granddaughter of Last Tycoon through New Zealand 2,000 Guineas (NZ-I) winner O'Reilly, The Jewel landed the New Zealand 1,000 Guineas (NZ-I) and ran second in the Queensland Oaks (Aust-I) at three.

The 5-year-old is raced by her breeders Joe, Martin, Ray, and Tony Dennis. The Dennis brothers bred and raced major group I winners The Phantom and The Phantom Chance.