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Eleven for Mehmas Line Of Departure (3 c ex Entreat by Pivotal) returned with an eye-catching victory in the Cathedral Stakes (Listed, 6f) at Salisbury for Roger Varian and became the eleventh individual stakes winner for his sire Mehmas (Acclamation). A three-time winner last term, including the valuable Weatherbys Racing Bank 2YO Stakes, he disappointed on his last run in the Mill Reef Stakes (Gr 3, 6.5f) however that was his seventh run of the season and he looks a sprinter to follow. Ridd... Read More

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JPN: First Group winner for Tosen Ra Zadar (5 h Tosen Ra - See The Sea by Lemon Drop Kid) scored at his first start for this year, as he flew from the pack to land the Epsom Cup (Gr 3, 1800m) at Tokyo yesterday, holding off the late charge from Satono Flag (Deep Impact) to win by a neck. In the process he became the first Group winner for his sire Tosen Ra (Deep Impact), the 2013 winner of the Mile Championship (Gr 1, 1600m) at Kyoto. The pair drew clear of the field, with Folconia (Deep Impa... Read More

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First for Territories Darley shuttler Territories (Invincible Spirit) sired his first southern hemisphere-bred winner when Finsceal (2 g ex Rosalita by Danehill Dancer) scored at the Sunshine Coast yesterday. Trained by Tom Button, Finsceal ($18) won the Canadian Club QTIS 2YO Handicap (1200m) on debut by a nose over Hinged (Worthy Cause) ($3 favourite) while Miss Pierro (Pierro) ($4.40) was three lengths away in third. Finsceal was bought by Gerald O’Toole for $110,000 from the Symphony Lo... Read More

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Winter Cup for Floral Art Winter track specialist Floral Art (Road To Rock) is set for a step up in grade after revelling in the testing conditions at Trentham on Saturday. The Peter Didham-trained six-year-old registered a first win since October 2019 when taking out a Benchmark 74 contest on a track rated a Heavy 11, prompting connections to consider another try in stakes company. “It was a great day and particularly satisfying to see Floral Art back to her best,” Didham said. “She ha... Read More