February 22, 2020: Racing Victoria Limited: Clark scores Mannerism win 24 February 2020

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Tim Clark took care of any potential pre-race nerves as the replacement rider for Blue Diamond Stakes favourite Hanseatic when he summed conditions up perfectly to land the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes at Caulfield.

Clark only found out early on Saturday morning that he would take over on Hanseatic after regular jockey Luke Currie suffered a fall at The Valley on Friday night, but he showed no nerves to lead-up the Mannerism aboard the grey Greysful Glamour on a track that was suiting leaders.

"She's a mare that hates being cluttered up," Clark explained. "She's better leading or outside the leader. Mark's (Newnham, the trainer) purposefully got her a bit more forward this prep so he targeted this race.

"He said four out of the last five leaders have won this race, so he had a plan and executed well."

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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.

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February 23: Racing Victoria Limited: Diamond winners' sights turn to Cup

With Victoria's premier two-year-old race in their keeping, Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young have turned their attention to one of Australia's oldest feature races.

The Cranbourne training partners are counting down to the 157-year-old Australian Cup following the performance of Mirage Dancer at Caulfield on Saturday.

After settling last, the import finished off stylishly to claim third in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m), beaten less than a length by Miss. Siska, who settled in much more favourable position outside the leader.

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February 22: Events Calendar: Racing Victoria Limited: Melbourne to host 2022 conference

Melbourne is to host the 39th edition of the Asian Racing Conference in 2022.

The event will take place in Melbourne for the first time and bring together racing's world leaders during the Festival of Racing for a week-long conference from February 15 through to 20 in 2022.

Asian Racing Federation secretary general Andrew Harding made the announcement on Saturday morning at the closing ceremony of this year's conference in Cape Town in South Africa.

The event handover was made to Racing Victoria Chairman Brian Kruger on behalf of the Victorian racing industry, with Victoria's Minister for Racing, Martin Pakula, and RV chief executive, Giles Thompson, also in attendance.

Kruger said it's a great honour for Melbourne to host the conference for the first time since Australia became an official ARF member in 1961.

"We are delighted to be granted hosting rights for the 2022 Asian Racing Conference which is a glowing endorsement of Victoria's standing in world racing," he said.

"Hosting the conference is a responsibility we don't take lightly, and we will be ensuring that the next two years are put to good use in building an exceptional event program.

"It will be a unique opportunity to bring global leaders in our sport to Melbourne to discuss, share and learn how we can continue to grow and drive racing forward globally.

"We also look forward to showcasing the very best of Victorian racing and the opportunity for the international delegates to experience our great state.

"In welcoming this announcement, I want to thank the Victorian Government and Melbourne Convention Bureau for their support in making this unique opportunity a reality.

"We look forward to welcoming friends and colleagues in world racing to Melbourne in 2022."

The biennial conference is expecting to welcome 600 delegates from more than 30 countries and will cover an array of topics relevant to the future of racing.

February 21: Racing Victoria Limited: Hard work wins Aristia All-Star shot

It is not the horses, the jockeys and the trainers that have toiled long and hard to secure a shot at The All-Star Mile as First Light Racing's Belinda Meyers can attest.

Meyers admitted to a huge sigh of relief when VRC Oaks winner Aristia (5409 votes) was on Thursday confirmed as placing eighth - and safely in the top 10 - for the $5 million All-Star Mile after a long campaign where it seemed she spent her entire day networking to garner as many votes for the mare as she could.

"I don't want to do it again in a hurry, but it has been the most insane month," Meyers said.

"We've had a huge team effort. We've had that many people on board. Just my phone has gone off since the news was announced because everyone knows how much we worked for it and how much we wanted it.

"There's been lots of calls to friends and family and people who you haven't contacted for a very long time, asking for a small favour, and it worked."

Meyers said the payoff came when she saw First Light Racing's navy blue, gold and white crescent, gold cap colours in the sky on Thursday.

"To see those First Light Racing colours drop from the sky, we couldn't have dreamed a better way to celebrate the announcement," she said of Thursday's function where skydivers dropped into Caulfield wearing the jockeys' silks of the first 10 confirmed contenders.

"To see her in eighth position as well - we were thinking maybe ninth or 10th - so eighth is just a dream come true."

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February 19: Racing Victoria Limited: Zahra launches Guineas appeal

Jockey Mark Zahra will front the Victorian Racing Tribunal on Thursday morning in the hope of having one meeting reduced from his careless riding suspension incurred at Flemington last Saturday.

A reduction for Zahra, who was suspended on the Lightning Stakes winner Gytrash for shifting in late on Redzel in the closing stages of the group 1, would mean he will be available to ride in the $1 million Australian Guineas on February 29.

It is understood Zahra is in the mix for the Guineas ride aboard Dalasan.

Zahra deferred his eight-meeting suspension to start after this Saturday's Blue Diamond Stakes meeting, where he rides second favourite Rulership in the feature event as well as class colt Super Seth in the group 1 Futurity Stakes.

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February 15: Racing Victoria Limited: Supreme Idea wins Lonhro Plate

Anthony Freedman will saddle up the favourite in next Saturday's Blue Diamond Stakes and he may also have a market leader in next month's Golden Slipper.

Supreme Idea ($14) won an on-pace dominated $150,000 Darley Lonhro Plate (1000m) at Randwick on Saturday, leading throughout from the inside barrier under Tim Clark.

Mission River ($9) raced outside the lead from barrier two and stayed on gamely for second with Dame Giselle ($1.65 favourite) improving from the pack to finish third.

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February 15: Racing Victoria Limited: Tycoon Felix wins Buchan Cup

Gippsland-based trainer Sharyn Trolove prepared Tycoon Felix to win the heavily publicised $6000 Buchan Cup (1700m) on Saturday.

Tycoon Felix ($2.50 favourite), who came into the Buchan Cup as a last-start winner at Woolamai, settled off the pace and overran his rivals in the home straight under jockey Caitlin King. Trolove prepares Tycoon Felix from Bundalaguah, on the outskirts of Sale.

BetEasy asked punters to vote for the horse they thought would win the Buchan Cup and they correctly landed on Tycoon Felix, prompting the bookmaker to donate $12,500 to the bushfire appeal.

Buchan racecourse, situated in Victoria's East Gippsland region, was bushfire damaged earlier this year but the desire of locals, supported by the racing industry, saw the once-a-year picnic meeting go ahead as originally scheduled.

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February 09: Racing Victoria Limited: Darmanin wins Hobart Cup

Mystic Journey may not run again this season but her potential absence from the racetrack hasn't halted the charge of her jockey Anthony Darmanin, who won the $250,000 Hobart Cup on Sunday.

Darmanin combined to win the Cup with trainer Michael Trinder - the father of Mystic Journey's trainer Adam Trinder - aboard the mare Toorak Affair, with the six-year-old enjoying her sixth win from her past seven starts.

Starting the $3.40 favourite, Toorak Affair had a length-and-a-half margin over Shady Hustle ($14), who edged out Glass Warrior ($15) to make it an-local trifecta.

Adam Trinder told RSN927 on Sunday morning that Mystic Journey's connections had ruled out a Melbourne campaign this autumn but were considering a tilt at the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville on May 2.

Trinder explained he was due to have a meeting this week with last year's All-Star Mile winner's connections to discuss whether to press on towards Adelaide or give her a long spell into the Spring Carnival.

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February 04: Racing Victoria Limited: Williams: Cup winner mentally stronger

A heavier Vow And Declare is stronger mentally to handle increased burdens that await this year according to jockey Craig Williams.

Williams, 42, won his first Melbourne Cup (3200m) when he guided the Danny O'Brien-trained Vow And Declare to victory in last year's $8m race.

Vow And Declare became the source of national pride to patriotic Australians in becoming the first locally-bred winner of the Melbourne Cup since Shocking in 2009. And with that increased profile comes added expectation when the four-year-old gelding by Declaration Of Heart steps out onto the racetrack.

Williams rode Vow And Declare at Cranbourne on Tuesday morning in his first official trial since winning the Melbourne Cup, finishing second of four runners over 1190 metres, five lengths behind Shepard.

"It was only a field of four so he either ran second or third last," quipped Williams, who also partnered the chestnut in an exhibition gallop in partnership with three-year-old stablemate Russian Camelot between races at Geelong last Wednesday.

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January 30: Racing Victoria Limited: Melham wins battle for Rock ride

Michael Kent Jnr is adamant Rock Of Kryptonite is a 'good horse', but he's happy to get an endorsement from two of Victoria's leading jockeys.

Hall of Famer Damien Oliver and Ben Melham were both eager to ride the son of Fastnet Rock in Saturday's Chairman's Stakes at Caulfield.

Each has been aboard in preparation for the colt's return to the track and Kent revealed it was left to his co-trainer Mick Price to make the call on who would ride.

"Damien Oliver and Ben have both jumped out this horse, there was a bit of a dispute (over who would ride), but anyway Mick Price has gone with Ben," Kent told RSN927's Racing Pulse.

"They both wanted to ride him. It can be hard to work those things out, but I think it's a good sign when two top jockeys want to ride this horse."

Melham gaining the ride on Rock Of Kryptonite means Oliver will be aboard the Lindsay Park-trained Exporter in the $160,000 Listed event.

Michael Dee partnered Rock Of Kryptonite at his only racetrack appearance to date, when he finished second-last as the $4.80 second favourite in the Debutant Stakes at Caulfield on Caulfield Guineas Day.

"He presented very buzzy that day and ran according, but he's a good colt," Kent said.

"We've given him two jumpouts this time in, where he's won both and we think a lot of him.

"We'll look to ride him just behind the speed and finish off. Hopefully there's a bit of speed on."

Kent left little doubt where Rock Of Kryptonite, who will start from barrier nine in Saturday's 11-horse Chairman's, would head next if he performed up to expectations in the 1000-metre event.

"It's a big race for him. If he could win this race, it'd be fantastic and get into the Blue Diamond," he said.

Rock Of Kryptonite is a $9.50 chance in BetEasy's Chairman's Stakes market, which is headed by the Lindsay Park-prepared Arayef, winner of the Group 3 Ottawa Stakes at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day on debut, at $2.90.

January 30: Racing Victoria Limited: Friday Valley meeting called off

Friday night's meeting at Moonee Valley has been called off due to predicted extreme heat.

Racing Victoria made the call on Thursday night, meaning there will be no racing in Victoria on Friday.

The mercury is predicted to hit 40 degrees on Friday, with the temperature expected to still be 39 degrees at 5pm and 34 degrees by 8pm.

Racing Victoria announced on Wednesday that it would move Friday's scheduled meeting at Werribee to Monday due to the weather, but there had been hope that The Valley could be saved.

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January 29: Racing Victoria Limited: Racing glut hits Manfred meeting

Saturday's Manfred Stakes meeting at Caulfield has again fallen victim to the glut of racing around Australia Day with just 81 acceptances received for the nine-race card.

The first three races have fewer than eight final acceptors as does the day's feature the Manfred Stakes, which attracted just seven starters.

The light numbers continue a trend for the early February meeting over the past few years. In 2019, there were just 71 runners, down from 74 in 2018 and 82 12 months before that.

While noting the relatively small numbers, the Melbourne Racing Club's executive director of racing, Jake Norton, said the depth and class of the Stakes racing was pleasing looking ahead to the feature races in Melbourne over the next six weeks.

"The Chairman's Stakes looks strong for depth considering the amount of racing for two-year-olds at this time of year," Norton said.

"The Adams sprint is a good race with some smart three-year-olds up against the open-class sprinters and as for the Manfred, it is light on for numbers but you've got the first and third from the Caulfield Guineas (Super Seth and Groundswell) as well as Dalasan and the likes of Free Of Debt and some other classy ones returning."

The Manfred Stakes meeting is held one week before the first Group 1 race for the year, the C.F. Orr Stakes, and the meeting is the third Saturday meeting in a row at Caulfield.

"It is not uncommon for this meeting to be light on as far as the support card is concerned," Norton added. "There are a few factors I think, the glut of racing at this time of year is a contributing factor but overall the top end is very strong and the racing should be as well."

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January 29: Racing Victoria Limited: Werribee meeting moved due to heat

The expected Friday heat has claimed the afternoon meeting at Werribee, but the Friday night meeting at The Valley remains on track.

Racing Victoria confirmed on Wednesday that the meeting at Werribee this Friday has been moved to Monday due to the hot weather forecast with temperatures expected to top 40 degrees during the afternoon.

RV is banking on an expected Friday evening cool change to save the meeting for The Valley.

The Racing Victoria release said: "Following advice from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) that temperatures are expected to reach 40 degrees on Friday afternoon, RV, in consultation with the Werribee Racing Club, the Australian Trainers Association (ATA) and the Victorian Jockey Association (VJA), has decided to transfer the race meeting to Monday to ensure the safety of horses and participants.

"With the potential for a change in temperature on Friday night, the meeting at The Valley remains unchanged at this time. However, RV will continue to monitor the forecast and liaise with the BOM over the next 48 hours.

"Trainers who have already accepted for the Werribee meeting are advised that their acceptance will remain valid for Monday's meeting.

"However, trainers not wishing to compete at the rescheduled meeting will need to cancel their acceptance prior to Friday's 9am acceptance deadline.

"As a result of the transfer the acceptance time for Tuesday's Warrnambool meeting has also been altered to 9:15am on Friday.

"RV's Procedure for Racing in Hot Weather Policy is enacted at all meetings where hot weather conditions are forecast to ensure the health and wellbeing of horses and participants."

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January 29: Racing Victoria Limited: Ex-politician trains winner

Former Victorian politician Terry Mulder was rewarded for his hands-on approach to training when his seven-year-old mare Press Release won her first race in two-and-a-half years at Hanging Rock on Monday.

Mulder is the owner and trainer of Press Release, whom he purchased for $4400 from an online auction in September 2018.

His purchase came three years after his 16-year stint in Victorian Parliament for the Liberal Party ended, having occupied the role of Minister for Public Transport and Roads between December 2010 and 2014.

Press Release ($4) had raced 26 times for Mulder for 10 placings prior to her breakthrough at the 27th attempt at Hanging Rock on the Australia Day Public Holiday in dramatic circumstances, reeling in tearaway leader Franquin ($3.90 favourite) in the last stride.

"It was a long time coming," Mulder said. "I didn't think she was going to get there but she always tries hard.

"She's been a bit unlucky. She was beaten a nose the week before at Ararat and also a nose over the Swan Hill Carnival in June."

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January 21: Racing Victoria Limited: Eurell prepares to launch Missile

Greg Eurell is planning Star Missile's autumn campaign as if he's assured a start in the second running of The All-Star Mile (1600m).

The popular grey has received more than 4300 public votes in little over a week and sits atop the leaderboard for the $5 million race, ahead of Magic Millions hero Alligator Blood (4311 votes), star Kiwi Melody Belle (2739) and Golden Eagle winner Kolding (2114).

Eurell said the four-year-old would resume at Flemington next month before tackling The All-Star Mile at his third run for the preparation.

"He's in a good spot, you'd be pretty disappointed if he didn't get a run from where he's positioned," Eurell said.

"At this stage he'll probably trial on Thursday week at Geelong and that will bounce him into Flemington on the 15th of February, there's a 1400-metre open-class there which will be a nice race to kick off with.

"Ideally, depending on how well he runs, he'll go into the Shaftsbury Avenue (Stakes) or the Blamey Stakes after that."

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January 18: Racing Victoria Limited: Avantage wins Telegraph

Feisty mare Avantage showed all her fighting qualities when she overcame a wide barrier and a plucky southern rival to take out the G1 JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham.

Prepared by Jamie Richards for owners the Te Akau Avantage syndicate, the Fastnet Rock four-year-old gained a measure of revenge for the Matamata stable after outstanding racemare Melody Belle was defeated in the 2019 edition of the event.

Richards and the Te Akau team put their faith in the hands of regular rider Opie Bosson and New Zealand's premier hoop didn't disappoint as he once again displayed the judgement and skill that has now taken him to a place in the top fifty most Group One winning jockeys in the world.

Advised by Richards before the race to be anywhere but last in the early running, Bosson bounced Avantage away nicely from the widest barrier in the thirteen-horse field to sit just beyond midfield with cover as Sheezallmine set a solid pace up front.

Approaching the home bend South Island visitor Enzo's Lad, who was seeking a third straight success in the race after taking out the 2018 and 2019 contests, loomed up wide to take the lead and establish a break on his nearest rivals.

Avantage had tracked him into contention and began to chase him down as the pair drew clear of the pack. Bosson threw everything at the mare who responded gamely to put her head in front at the 100 as she defeated Enzo's Lad by half a length with Spring Heat dashing home late to grab third.

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January 18: Racing Victoria Limited: Avantage wins Telegraph

Feisty mare Avantage showed all her fighting qualities when she overcame a wide barrier and a plucky southern rival to take out the G1 JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham.

Prepared by Jamie Richards for owners the Te Akau Avantage syndicate, the Fastnet Rock four-year-old gained a measure of revenge for the Matamata stable after outstanding racemare Melody Belle was defeated in the 2019 edition of the event.

Richards and the Te Akau team put their faith in the hands of regular rider Opie Bosson and New Zealand's premier hoop didn't disappoint as he once again displayed the judgement and skill that has now taken him to a place in the top fifty most Group One winning jockeys in the world.

Advised by Richards before the race to be anywhere but last in the early running, Bosson bounced Avantage away nicely from the widest barrier in the thirteen-horse field to sit just beyond midfield with cover as Sheezallmine set a solid pace up front.

Approaching the home bend South Island visitor Enzo's Lad, who was seeking a third straight success in the race after taking out the 2018 and 2019 contests, loomed up wide to take the lead and establish a break on his nearest rivals.

Avantage had tracked him into contention and began to chase him down as the pair drew clear of the pack. Bosson threw everything at the mare who responded gamely to put her head in front at the 100 as she defeated Enzo's Lad by half a length with Spring Heat dashing home late to grab third.

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January 18: Racing Victoria Limited: Bold Star wins Kensington Stakes

So good is Morphettville trainer Gordon Richards' form in Melbourne that he doesn't even have to turn up to win a race.

Richards, who was at function in Adelaide rather than at Flemington on Saturday, won his eighth race in Melbourne from his last 13 runners dating back to June last year when Bold Star lunged late to win the Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m).

It was the second stakes race win for the stable at Flemington in under a year following the Creswick Stakes win at Flemington of Gytrash in June.

The narrow victory over Causeway Girl registered Bold Star's seventh career win from 17 starts with the $18,000 yearling purchase taking his earnings to more than $330,000.

Bold Star ($2.80 equal favourite) held the barest margin over Causeway Girl ($21) with All Too Royal ($4) in third place narrowly in front of the other equal favourite Time To Reign.

Time To Reign's trainer Gary Portelli said he felt his three-year-old was waiting for his rivals and then was outsprinted to the line. He said he would take him back to Sydney and decide later whether to tackle the straight track again this autumn in the G1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) or G1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m).

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January 18: Racing Victoria Limited: Avantage wins Telegraph

Feisty mare Avantage showed all her fighting qualities when she overcame a wide barrier and a plucky southern rival to take out the G1 JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham.

Prepared by Jamie Richards for owners the Te Akau Avantage syndicate, the Fastnet Rock four-year-old gained a measure of revenge for the Matamata stable after outstanding racemare Melody Belle was defeated in the 2019 edition of the event.

Richards and the Te Akau team put their faith in the hands of regular rider Opie Bosson and New Zealand's premier hoop didn't disappoint as he once again displayed the judgement and skill that has now taken him to a place in the top fifty most Group One winning jockeys in the world.

Advised by Richards before the race to be anywhere but last in the early running, Bosson bounced Avantage away nicely from the widest barrier in the thirteen-horse field to sit just beyond midfield with cover as Sheezallmine set a solid pace up front.

Approaching the home bend South Island visitor Enzo's Lad, who was seeking a third straight success in the race after taking out the 2018 and 2019 contests, loomed up wide to take the lead and establish a break on his nearest rivals.

Avantage had tracked him into contention and began to chase him down as the pair drew clear of the pack. Bosson threw everything at the mare who responded gamely to put her head in front at the 100 as she defeated Enzo's Lad by half a length with Spring Heat dashing home late to grab third.

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January 14: Racing Victoria Limited: Morning decision on Wednesday's meetings

Victoria's two meetings scheduled for Wednesday will go ahead unless the smoke haze to descend on Melbourne do not improve.

Racing Victoria abandoned Tuesday's Spendthrift Australia Park meeting at Werribee due to 'hazardous' conditions and Racing Victoria officials will monitor the air conditions in the morning before giving the green light for the Caulfield and Yarra Valley meetings to proceed.

Racing Victoria will give an update on the conditions and the future of the meetings on 7am on Wednesday.

The Bureau Of Meteorology predicts rain and an easing of the smoky conditions in Melbourne by Wednesday evening.

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January 11: Racing Victoria Limited: Jabali sires first winner

Owner Jeremy Payne's dream run with former smart juvenile Jabali continued at Flemington on Saturday when he cheered home his son Jabali Ridge to win the first race for his sire in the opening event for two-year-olds.

Payne was one of the original owners of Jabali, who earned more than $500,000 in stakes via a Queensland Guineas win in 2015 and placings in such races as the 2014 Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes.

The horse was sold to stud, firstly at Eliza Park in Victoria before he went to Queensland's Clear Mountain Fairview Stud, where he has since covered small books of mares for the relatively cheap fee of $4950.

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January 11: Racing Victoria Limited: More wins for McNeil

Jye McNeil continued his remarkable run of form at Flemington on Saturday, riding four winners including the feature race of the day.

However his success was again soured by a careless riding suspension, his third within six weeks.

McNeil won three of the first four races on the nine-race card when guiding Jabali Ridge ($4.80), Rubisaki ($2.15 favourite) and Blazejowski ($3.20) to victory in their respective events. He then followed it up by winning the $140,000 Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) aboard Amadeus.

It was McNeil's first Saturday metropolitan quartet, quickly following his first Melbourne treble at Moonee Valley on November 30.

The 25-year-old has ridden 24 winners in Melbourne this season, seven of those victories during January with victories aboard Yulong January and How Womantic for Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, the Colin Little-trained Our Campana and Namimo for Lindsay Park Racing.

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