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Mo’unga ready to kick on in big Aussie races for All Blacks first- five

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Mo’unga is a name sports fans were cheer­ing long be­fore the un­beaten horse of the same name, who is one of the lead­ing chances for to­day’s Group 1 Caulfield Guineas.

Richie Mo’unga is a hero to many rugby- mad New Zealan­ders due to his deeds with the All Blacks.

He burst on to the scene around the same time a son of Sav­abeel and the O’Reilly mare Chan­de­lier, who has All Blacks con­nec­tions, was foaled at Waikato Stud, which made him easy to name.

Mo’unga has so far done his name jus­tice, win­ning his only three starts: a 1400m 2- year- old Gold Coast maiden on June 12, a New­cas­tle BM64 over the same trip on Au­gust 22 and the Listed Dul­cify Quality ( 1500m) at Rose­hill three weeks later.

Mo’unga, the rugby player, now has even more rea­sons to want to see the horse win. He has be­come a listed owner in Mo’unga.

“We got chat­ting to Richie — who was hon­oured to have the horse named af­ter him — and in­vited him into the own­er­ship,” Aquis Farm’s Shane Mc­Grath said.

“Richie and his wife So­phie, they’re am­bas­sadors for the Child Cancer Foun­da­tion in New Zealand, so I spoke to the own­ers [ of Aquis], which is pri­mar­ily Tony Fung and a cou­ple of friends in Hong Kong, and we’re go­ing to do­nate a per­cent­age of his win­ning prize­money to the Child Cancer Foun­da­tion in New Zealand.”

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