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August 18, 2018: Racing Victoria Limited: Sunlight shines in Quezette Stakes

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"The margin was small but it was a big performance," noted trainer Tony McEvoy after his remarkable filly Sunlight fought her way back into the winner's stall in Saturday's Group 3 Quezette Stakes at Caulfield.

The former star juvenile, who collected more than $2 million in earnings as a two-year-old, was taken on by bookmakers and her opponents alike as she was forced to race-three wide into a head wind before holding off the late challengers.

Drifting to $4.20 by the time the gates opened, Sunlight had a half-head margin over $8 chance Humma Humma, with three-quarters of a length to Thrillster ($17) in third place.

"That was tough and there's more to come," McEvoy said motioning towards the filly.

"The reason I gave her a busy time in her two-year-old days was that she kept putting weight on and it's a little bit the same this time.

"She's blown up a little and she's only going to get better. Three-deep facing that wind and carrying the (weight) penalty. It was fabulous."

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SECTION 1 RACING VICTORIA LIMITED PROFILE

SECTION 2 PRESS RELEASES: 2018

SECTION 1 RACING VICTORIA LIMITED PROFILE

1.1 ACTIVITIES

Racing Victoria Limited operates as a thoroughbred racing club in Victoria. The company develops, encourages, promotes, and manages the conduct of the racing of thoroughbred horses. It also provides services to patrons, punters, and other customers; and entertainment to audience. Racing Victoria Limited was incorporated in 2001 and is based in Flemington, Australia.

1.2 SUMMARY

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Website: http://www.racingvictoria.net.au

Industry: Media

SECTION 2 PRESS RELEASES: 2018

August 15: Racing Victoria Limited: Dee wins, cops 10 meetings

Michael Dee experienced a mixed finish to Wednesday's Sandown card when he was victorious but suspended out of the final race of the day.

Dee partnered Lady Of Flanders to her third win from just six starts in the Ladbrokes Odds Boost Handicap (1300m), but was hauled in by stewards for an incident at the 1000m.

The Group 1-winning rider was charged for careless riding after shifting in on Dwayne Dunn's mount Josephine Sea, which in turn interfered with the Luke Currie-ridden Necessary.

Dee pleaded guilty to the charge, which stewards deemed to be in the mid-range and subsequently hit him with a 10-meeting ban.

It will commence after Saturday's Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) meeting, at which he will ride the Mick Price-trained galloper in the feature event, and expire on August 28.

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August 11: Racing Victoria Limited: Girls' team wins Shergar Cup

The Girls' anthem for the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot on Saturday was 'Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves', and Josephine Gordon, Hayley Turner and Hollie Doyle did just that as they were crowned team champions, with Turner winning the individual title.

The Girls amassed 76 points, six more than Europe, with Turner winning the Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle trophy with 39 points.

Turner said: "It's brilliant, I can't really believe it, it's massive. I've been coming to the Shergar Cup for 12 years now and it's a very special day.

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"The progression of female jockeys is something that's really being pushed and discussed, and this is a fine example of how well girls can do in racing."

She continued: "It's been a fantastic day. The whole family is here and they're having the best day ever.

"It was Alistair Haggis who got me on to the team 12 years ago - he really pushed for me, so I think he's up there looking down on me."

Team captain Josephine Gordon reflected: "Today proves that girls are better than boys! It's brilliant to compete against the best jockeys in the world.

"Today's been really good fun and it's one of the best days of the year. We've thoroughly enjoyed our day and it's great to win."

She added: "Shergar Cup day is a bit more of a relaxed day. People have more fun in the weighing room and it is more of a family day out.

"It's back to reality tomorrow as I'm at Windsor, but I'm on a bit of a high right now."

Doyle, who partnered Tis Marvellous to victory in the opener, was equally delighted to be part of the winning team.

"It's been an amazing afternoon," she said. "It was a very close finish but I'm delighted we've won."

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FINAL STANDINGS

Girls 76

Europe 70

Rest of the World 48

Great Britain & Ireland 46

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August 08: Racing Victoria Limited: Bendigo abandoned, Horsham meeting added

A new meeting has been added to the racing schedule in Victoria with Horsham to host an eight-race card next Tuesday.

Racing Victoria said the creation of the Horsham meeting is to help assist those who have been impacted by the abandonment of Wednesday's Bendigo card after 21mm of rain fell overnight and left surface water on the track.

Those who were due to run at Bendigo but missed an opportunity due to the bad weather have also been given the option of being entered as extended entries for races at Moe on Saturday, plus Cranbourne and Wodonga on Sunday.

Tuesday's meeting at Horsham will run alongside the synthetic meeting at Geelong, with nominations for the Horsham meeting to close at 3pm on Thursday and acceptances taken at 11:15am on Friday.

"It was unfortunate that today's meeting at Bendigo could not go ahead as planned due to the impacts of heavy overnight rain, however, we are pleased to advise that an additional turf meeting has been scheduled at Horsham on Tuesday," said RV's Paul Bloodworth.

"We have explored several options today to accommodate those horses impacted by the Bendigo abandonment and wish to thank the Horsham Racing Club for their assistance in taking on this additional meeting at short notice."

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August 07: Racing Victoria Limited: Bendigo race meeting abandoned

Wednesday's 10-race program scheduled for Bendigo has been abandoned due to being deemed unsuitable for racing following overnight and continuing rain.

The track was rated a Soft 7 at 4pm yesterday but received 21mm of rain overnight which has left concerns with surface water.

No decision has yet been made from Racing Victoria as to whether there will be any changes made to the upcoming racing schedule to accommodate the 115 horse that remained engaged to run at the Bendigo meeting.

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August 06: Racing Victoria Limited: Zahspeed wins Darwin Cup

Former Victorian galloper Zahspeed clinched a rare feature double victory for local trainer Gary Clarke when he took Monday's $200,000 Darwin Cup.

Clarke won last Saturday's Palmerston Sprint with Captain Punch and Zahspeed's impressive on-pace victory in the Cup sealed the first feature double at the carnival since 2004.

Zahspeed, who has had just three runs in Darwin after stints initially in Victoria and then Queensland, was sent out a $4 second favourite and despite being attacked for the lead for much of the 2000-metre journey, proved far too strong in the finish.

Part-owned by BetEasy chief Matt Tripp, Zahspeed had two and a half lengths up his sleeve at the finish from Jamie Kah's mount Lieder ($3.60 fav) with another three and a half lengths to Senior Council ($10) in third place.

It was the first Darwin Cup victory for six-time premiership rider Brendon Davis and a second for Clarke.

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August 05: Racing Victoria Limited: Avdulla rides feature winner in Japan

Brenton Avdulla got his short-term JRA contract off to a winning start, punching home the feature winner at Kokura on Saturday.

Fresh off winning the Sydney premiership, Avdulla secured a month-long contract riding in Japan.

And at his first meeting in the jurisdiction, he steered home a winner in the Kyushu Sports Hai, plus two minor placings from seven rides on the 12-race card.

Avdulla's winner, the Toru Miya-trained Entry Ticket, saw him hold out their rivals in a five-way go in the 1200m turf sprint, which held a packet of about AUD$350,000.

"Thank you very much. It's a big career highlight to win an international race," Avdulla said at the post-race presentation.

[It's] very special. I was coming to Japan hopefully to try and ride one winner, so to win the feature on my first day riding, I'm very emotional.

"It's been a good year for me."

The official margins were a neck by a neck by a head by a nose, with legendary Japanese jockey Yutaka Take on the third horse, Jun Valerot.

Avdulla's winner paid $7.20 on the JRA tote, while in race eight, he rode $11.60 chance Mahavir into second in an 1800m race, and in race five, Rellstab ($14.10) finished only two lengths back from victorious $2 favourite Miyaji Sylphid.

Back at Kokura on Sunday, Avdulla had no luck in the Group 3 Kokura Kinen (2000m) as his mount Strong Titan bottomed out to finish last.

He also rode the full brother to 2014 Caulfield Cup winner Admire Rakti, Port Phillip, to a fourth-place finish in race seven over 2000m.

Source: Company Website

August 04: Racing Victoria Limited: Danny Adam a comeback winner

Bowen may not be one of horse racing's most recognisable venues, but the small Queensland town was the scene of some excitement on Saturday after the former Victorian-based jockey Danny Adam reignited his riding career with a first-up winner.

Records show Adam has not ridden since a race at Pakenham in December of 2015 when the winner of more than 300 races bowed to the pressures of being a professional jockey.

"I just wasn't liking it," Adam explained on Saturday. "I probably can't put it any other way."

Those negative feelings are long gone with the 46-year-old explaining he was enjoying a new lease on life and actually looking forward to the work and the hunger that comes with returning to the sport he once loved.

"I think my weight was in the high 70s at one stage and I'm down to 61.5 kilograms at the moment and so I've got a few more to lose but I reckon I can do it," Adam explained.

Saturday's return winner The Flash One carried 63.5kg to win the Benchmark 50 race worth $7000 at the non-TAB meeting. Adam's winning percentage may have been just $227.50, but the win was not simply about money. It was about taking that first step.

Adam, who had his first ride in 1987, said he hadn't genuinely thought of a comeback to race riding until earlier this year.

"About five months ago I was still pretty heavy and I was struggling to find some work up here," he said. "I went back (to Melbourne) and was doing a couple of weeks here and there for Clinton McDonald at Caulfield.

"I rode a heap of work for him for about a month or two and thought to myself 'I think I can do this again' and so far so good," he said.

"It's great up here. Good weather, good people. I am looking forward to seeing what I can do."

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August 01: Racing Victoria Limited: Lightning Spear wins Sussex Stakes

The maroon silks of Qatar Racing once seemed to wear heavy on Oisin Murphy. No longer.

The Group 1 wins that eluded him are now flowing like good wine. Success on Lightning Spear in the Qatar Sussex Stakes was perhaps the most satisfying of the jockey's six top-flight wins, and more evidence the 22-year-old's talent is winning the battle with self doubt.

It was fitting he was sharing such a big day with Lightning Spear. Not just because he's an old pal - the pair have raced together 20 times - but because it was the seven-year-old who helped him climb towards the peak he now occupies.

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Murphy's Glorious Goodwood last year was mixed but it was back at the course in the Celebration Mile on August bank holiday weekend that he punched the air in delight and relief when the photo-finish went Lightning Spear's way.

The outpouring of emotion was sizeable for the prize on offer. But success is relative and since then Murphy has done little wrong, winning the Prix de la Foret on Arc day, a Grade 1 at Woodbine, the Dubai Turf and in the last month a Group 1 in Germany, the Coral-Eclipse on Roaring Lion and now the Sussex.

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July 31: Racing Victoria Limited: Walsh all smiles after return winner

Ruby Walsh made a winning return from injury when steering home Easy Game in the opening race of the Galway festival.

Walsh led from the front on the Willie Mullins-trained four-year-old, who justified 5-4 favouritism to land the 2m0.5f novice hurdle by four and a quarter lengths.

It was the 39-year-old's first ride for more than four months after he fractured his leg when falling from Al Boum Photo at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

It has been an injury-plagued nine months for Walsh, who was relieved to make the festival. He also broke his leg in November and only returned from that injury one week before Cheltenham.

Walsh said: "It's great to get back. Whatever way you look at it, it's been a week's work in nine months. It's been a long nine months.

"The horse did it really well. He jumped super and travelled great. It's hard judging when you've been off.

"You're not certain of your fractions and how fast you're going and you're a bit nervous in front, but the horse did it really well." Source: Company Website

July 30: Racing Victoria Limited: Maher, Eustace form training partnership

Caulfield Cup-winning trainer Ciaron Maher has entered into a training partnership with David Eustace, effective from the 2018-19 season onwards.

Eustace has served as assistant trainer to Maher in recent times, the 27-year-old having built on his previous roles as assistant to Roger Varian in the UK for four years, and having also worked in Australia for Peter Snowden and Peter Moody.

The son of long-time Newmarket trainer James Eustace, David is now making the official step into the ranks as of Wednesday.

"For as long as I can remember it has always been horses and training, so to be granted this opportunity by Ciaron is a huge honour," Eustace said.

"I am extremely grateful for the faith being shown by Ciaron and we look forward as a partnership to continued success in the future."

Maher credited Eustace as being an integral part of his business, especially in recent times during the transition period when Aaron Purcell took charge of Maher's horses for a six-month period across the spring/autumn.

"David has been instrumental in the growth and success of the stable over the past 12 months," Maher said.

"During my period of suspension under Aaron Purcell, David ensured the seamless running of the yard. He has proven himself as a hard-working professional, learning the Ciaron Maher Racing way but also bringing new ideas to the fore. I am delighted to have David join me on the ticket."

Their first runner in partnership will be Smokin' Bella at Sale on Wednesday, running in the Sale LDV Fillies and Mares BM70 Handicap (1422m).

Maher has won 10 Group 1s in his training career, including nine in the past four seasons - headlined by 2016 Caulfield Cup winner Jameka.

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