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Graff headed for greater glories

Unbeaten in three starts and blinkered for the first time, Graff was able to extend under pressure in the straight, just as he did in two earlier wins, to draw clear and win by two and a half lengths from Neutrality (Sebring), with Performer (Exceed And Excel) closing strongly for third, another length and a... Read More

Wonderful Winx breaks more records

In the race formerly known as the Warwick Stakes but renamed in her honour, Winx won for the third straight year to record her 30th victory and 26th straight success, going past the great unbeaten sprinting mare Black Caviar (Bel Esprit), whose 25 was the Australian record. This was also a 19th Group 1 win... Read More

Sandbar shows qualities in Rosebud win

First-up since his unplaced run in the Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) on March 24 and carrying 59kg, Sandbar overcame a wide draw to be near the lead throughout, fighting on well to win by a head from Charge (Zoustar), with Golden Tycoon (Hussonet) just a neck away in third place. Drifting favourite Plague... Read More

Godolphin’s Avilius headed for greater glories

The attractive, near black gelding, having his first start in Australia and his first race since September 30, 2017, stepped out in the 1600 metre Tony Crawford 50th, a Benchmark 91 contest, but his performance left me thinking he could well capture a Group 1 in the coming weeks. Carrying 59.5 kilograms, Avilius was last... Read More

Epaulette has Group 1-winning two-year-old in South Africa

Runner-up was stablemate Alyaasaat (Dawn Approach), both owned and bred in NSW by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Stud Australasia Ltd and trained by Mike de Kock. While Soqrat, his trainer’s 117th Group 1 winner, is the first for Epaulette, the sire has Group 3 winners Khulaasa and Meryl in Australia plus stakes... Read More

Class prevails in Irish Oaks finish

Aidan O’Brien was shooting for his 40th Irish classic win in the Oaks, represented by multiple runners, but Newmarket mentor William Haggas denied him of the honour when his filly Sea Of Class overpowered O’Brien’s second string, Forever Together (Galileo), earlier winner of the Oaks (Gr 1, 1m4f) at Epsom, close to home after coming... Read More