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8/1/2020 Aqua D'ivina to chase black-type

Aqua D'ivina (Pierro) will tackle 2000 metres for the second time in her career when she goes in search of valuable black-type in the January Cup (Listed, 2000m) at Randwick on Saturday. The Matthew Smith-trained five-year-old, who is out of Group 1 winner Aqua d'Amore (Danehill), couldn’t land a blow over the trip when running 14th in the 2018 renewal of the Matriarch Stakes (Gr 2, 2000m), but she arrives on the back of a promising fourth-place finish in the Belle Of The Turf Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m) at Gosford. "She will run with Kathy O'Hara to ride," Smith said. "She has come through her last start in good order." O’Hara was in the saddle when Aqua D'ivina won at Kembla Grange on November 23.

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