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Alinghi Brilliant Blue Diamond Stakes Winner
What a lot of outstanding winners there were at Caulfield Racetrack last Saturday. Horses whom it will pay to follow over coming months and maybe even years.
The Lee Freedman trained filly, Alinghi, won the Group 1 $1,000,000 Blue Diamond Stakes run over 1200 metres in outstanding fashion.
Alinghi missed the start and also got tightened at the 700. If the legendary, late Bill Collins was calling it would be no surprise if he had said, "Alinghi can't win." The filly looked out of the race with no chance of winning.
But in an extraordinary run, she finished all over the top of the Gai Waterhouse trained colt Wager, winning by a length with World Peace another 3.5 lengths away in third. Alinghi's winning time of 1-09.89 was also 0.6 seconds faster than 3YO colt Dane Fever took to win the last race of the day
Make no mistake. Alinghi is an exceptional filly.
Champion Lonhro is on track for the Australian Cup after a soft win in the Group 2 Weight for Age St. George Stakes run over 1800 metres. Once again outstanding 4YO mare Sound Action ran a good second to Lonhro.
The Group 2 3YO Fillies Angus Armanasco Stakes run over 1600 metres was won in a canter by last year's VRC Oaks winner, Special Harmony. This outstanding filly now has seven wins and three seconds from just 13 starts. If everything goes right for her fitness wise, as a 4YO mare she looks an outstanding show for the Caulfield Cup in October this year. 4YO mares have a good record in the race.
The million dollar Tony McEvoy trained colt, Keep The Faith, after winning his last two races in Adelaide by a combined total of nearly 13 lengths, easily disposed of the opposition in the 3YO Listed Manfred Stakes run over 1600 metres. This colt's time was 1-35.38, only 0.28 seconds outside champion Northerly's track record.
The Lee Freedman trained 3YO Danehill colt Dane Again easily accounted for the older horses in the last of the day, an Open Handicap, winning by 2.5 lengths, being eased down. Dane Again has big wraps on him. It was the lightly raced colt's third win in a row at this, his first campaign.
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