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First for Justify Statuette (2 f ex Immortal Verse by Pivotal) provided Coolmore’s first season sire Justify (Scat Daddy) with his first individual stakes winner when she stayed on well to win the Airlie Stud Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) at the Curragh. Trained by Aidan O’Brien, the two-year-old filly was sent off as the odds-on favourite after producing a taking debut at Navan last month and stayed on well when asked for an effort inside the final two furlongs to reel in Badb (Foostepsinthesand), w... Read More

Asia Latest

JPN: Titleholder breaks track record in Grade 1 win Titleholder (4 c Duramente - Mowen by Motivator) produced a scintillating performance in the Takarazuka Kinen (Gr 1, 2200m) when he broke the track record to earn back-to-back wins in Grade 1 contests, and the third elite-level win of his career. The four-year-old powered clear under Kazuo Yokoyama to win in a time of 2:09.7, a new record over the 2200-metre trip at Hanshin. The Toru Kurita-trained colt beat Hishi Iguazu (Heart’s Cry) by t... Read More

Australia Latest

Lofty Strike back in work Promising colt Lofty Strike (Snitzel) is back in work and trainer Julius Sandhu is planning a lucrative spring three-year-old campaign. But Sandhu and connections will have a nervous wait before Lofty Strike can race again, as he must first be cleared by Racing Victoria vets after the unbeaten colt was withdrawn on veterinary grounds the day before the Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) at Caulfield in February. Lofty Strike was successful on the straight track at Fle... Read More

New Zealand Latest

She’s A Maneater all class first up Wet track specialist She’s A Maneater (Reliable Man) revelled in the wet conditions to produce a powerful performance to win first-up over 1200 metres at Tauranga on Saturday. Trainer Peter Lock had been struggling to get a gauge on just how fit he had his charge in the build-up to the race but a trip away to Matamata a fortnight ago convinced him she was well on track to kick off her new campaign. “It’s quite tough to get a line on them on the synt... Read More