International double for APG

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    MACKENZIE - Photo Darragh Riordan

    AUSTRALIAN Pacing Gold has enjoyed a pair of international victories this weekend.

    Amazingly, the pair are also Aussie-bred siblings from 2007 APG champion, Kept For Pleasure!

    Exciting prospect Vincent was triumphant in New Zealand, while his half-sister Mackenzie scored at Yonkers.

    First-up since last June, Vincent outclassed his older open class rivals to capture the Group Two Franklin Cup.

    A triple Group One winner last season, the four-year-old stretched his record to 14 wins and two placings from 17 starts for earnings of $451,316.

    Vincent is by award-winning sire Art Major, while his older sibling is a daughter of top stallion, Rock N Roll Heaven.

    Boasting 10 wins and nine placings from 28 starts before leaving the southern hemisphere, Mackenzie has been a revelation in America, with her victories including last April’s $310,000 Matchmaker Final.

    As for her latest win, Mackenzie overcame a wide draw to score in 1:54 on a cold, snowy track.

    The Peter Tritton-trained five-year-old has won four of her last five starts, with 15 wins for the season.

    • PAUL COURTS

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