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10th June 2020 Polly Grey testing Sydney waters

Polly Grey winning the Listed Matamata Cup (1600m). Photo: Trish Dunell

Stakes-winning mare Polly Grey (NZ) (Azamour) has joined the stable of leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller.

The five-year-old mare won the Listed Matamata Cup (1600m) last October before placing in the Gr.3 Thompson Handicap (1600m) and Gr.2 Japan Trophy (1600m) and has recently joined the expat Kiwi’s barn.

“We decided to send her to Chris Waller, just to see how she goes and give her an opportunity to get some black-type in Australia hopefully,” former trainer and part-owner Kylie Fawcett said.

“We have leased a half share in her to one of our clients John Thompson from Auckland. Hopefully we have a bit of fun with her.”

The daughter of Azamour’s win in the Matamata Cup was a career highlight for Fawcett, with it being her first stakes victory as a trainer.

“It was a relief because she was my first runner in a stakes race too,” she said. “Being on my home track, that was special.”

Fawcett also took pride in developing Polly Grey from a green youngster.

“Just molding her early career was rewarding because she was a little bit temperamental and took time,” she said. “Once she put it all together she was quite special for me.”

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