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Gallant Guru running hot

(Josephine Baker, who has bounced back from injury to win.)

Congratulations to Wayne Humphries, of Gore for his first win as a trainer with Koxinga at Gore on Sunday. Koxinga, who was having his first start, was one of three wins for progeny of the White Robe Lodge stallion, Gallant Guru at the Tapanui meeting. Koxinga, owned by Humphries and his wife, Lone, overcame a slow start over 1200m. Mr and Mrs Humphries bred the 4yr-old. He is the fourth and last foal of Frantelle (by The Jogger), who won two races when trained by Gary Gibson at Gore. Gallant Guru was also represented by winners, Gallant Dan and Josephine Baker on Sunday. Ima Geegee, runner up to Josephine Baker, is also by Gallant Guru.

Josephine Baker was having her third start back from an enforced lay-off. She injured her back when she slipped and fell after the winning post when she cleared maiden ranks at Omakau in February.

Too Cool to Fool, a 4yr-old Gallant Guru mare, posted her fourth win when successful over 2052m at Morphettville (Adelaide) on Friday. Too Cool to Fool is raced in partnership by breeder, Harry Perks, of Adelaide. He raced Gallant Guru and retained a third share in the stallion. Too Cool to Fool is out of the Australian mare, High Class Pro (by Grand Lodge). She has also left Baklava Boy (four wins to 2200m) to Gallant Guru.