The title of the world's best sprinter was on the line in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap over 1200 metres at Flemington and it now belongs to Brazen Beau; perfectly ridden by Brazilian superstar Joao Moreira Brazen Beau never looked like being beaten after Moreira released the brakes at about the 400m mark. Brazen Beau made top-class gallopers Chautauqua, Terravista and Lankan Rupee look second-rate as the three year old careered-away to a crushing two and three-quarter length victory. Brazen Beau's sprinting demolition was the best since the days of Black Caviar; Chris Waller has done a superb job with Brazen Beau which was having only its tenth career start and the world is now Brazen Beau's oyster.
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There were two Group 1 Guineas' for three year olds over 1600 metres in Melbourne and Sydney on the same day and despite this anomaly both races were cracking affairs; the Australian Guineas at Flemington was won by the Gai Waterhouse-trained Wandjina which lead all the way to defeat Alpine Eagle, Stratum Star and Kermadec. With Damien Oliver unavailable through suspension Brett Prebble proved a worthy replacement on Wandjina; although there were some very good runs in the Australian Guineas nothing should be taken away from Wandjina. Hallowed Crown was too good for Sweynesse and Shooting To Win in the Hobartville and Hallowed Crown was again too good for this pair in the Randwick Guineas; it was another Group 1 for Bart Cummings who teamed with grand-son James to have Hallowed Crown at his absolute best. Hallowed Crown has been slightly underestimated but with a career record of six wins from seven starts that can no longer be the case.
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The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Pride Of Dubai proved a shade too good for his rivals in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes for two year olds over 1200 metres at Caulfield; Pride Of Dubai was given a great ride by Damien Browne and it was probably the difference between winning and losing. Reemah at odds of 100/1 looked a big chance of winning in the straight but Pride Of Dubai found plenty to hold-on from Reemah by a half-head. Lake Geneva battled-on strongly for third. Pride Of Dubai was Peter Snowden's third Blue Diamond after earlier wins with Sepoy in 2011 and Earthquake in 2014. The favourite Fontiton did not produce her best and she was disappointing on the day.
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Lankan Rupee was back to his brilliant Autumn form of last year when he thrashed his rivals in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning at Flemington; now based in Singapore Craig Newitt returned for the mount on the reigning Horse of the Year and Newitt rode a copybook race. Lankan Rupee was never quite at his best in the Spring but he still managed to win the Group 1 Manikato and finish a close third in the Group 1 Darley Classic. Trainer Mick Price has done a great job with Lankan Rupee to have him back better than ever. Lankan Rupee's next run will be in the Newmarket Handicap and although he will be giving weight to all his rivals Lankan Rupee will be hard to beat again.
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After a somewhat disappointing effort in the Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley Dissident bounced-back to his best in the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes over 1400 metres at Caulfield; ridden more assertively on this occasion by Ben Melham Dissident was always perfectly-poised to strike and he ran-away from his rivals to win by a length and a half. Dissident registered his fourth Group 1 victory and for trainer Peter Moody it was his fifth win in the Orr in the last six years. Dissident's next start will be in the Futurity Stakes over the same course and distance and he is a massive chance to add to his Group 1 tally.
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Catkins made it two Breeders Classics in a row with her victory in the Group 2 for mares at Rosehill; perfectly ridden by Hugh Bowman Catkins had to pull-out all stops to get the better of Lilliburlero over the concluding stages. Catkins was beautifully-weighted under the Set Weight with Penalties' conditions and she brought her career record to thirteen wins and ten placings from twenty-eight starts. Catkins is one of the best mares not to win a Group 1 and if she can snare an elusive victory at the highest level it would be a very popular one. Lilliburlero was ridden assertively by Glyn Schofield and her brave performance augurs well for her prospects this Autumn.
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Driefontein was defying her rivals in the Expressway Stakes at Rosehill for most of the straight before Weary came through on the inside and snatched victory in the shadow of the post; Chris Waller had five runners in the Expressway and it was left to Weary to give Waller success in this Group 2 race. Driefontein was gallant in defeat and her effort was particularly good as she prefers firm ground. Weary's victory was ironic as Tommy Berry has had a lot of success on Driefontein including the 2012 Magic Millions but he was back-on Weary with a brilliant winning ride. Weary showed a lot in his first Australian preparation and he is back to his best based on his first-up performance.
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Three-time Group 1 winner Dissident started at $1.85 in the Group 2 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley last Saturday but he had no answer to the Peter Gelagotis-trained Mourinho; perfectly ridden by Vlad Duric Mourinho saved ground close to the inside as the field straightened and after reaching the lead Mourinho proved too strong for It Is Written and Dissident. Mourinho is a Moonee Valley specialist recording his fifth victory but as he had never won at less than 1500 metres his Australia Stakes win was a surprise. Dissident was in trouble a long way from home and although he battled-on strongly more was expected from him; Dissident's next run will be in the C.F. Orr Stakes over 1400 metres at Caulfield where he brilliantly won the Memsie Stakes over the same distance in the Spring.
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In another dark week for Australian racing Red Excitement provided a ray of sunshine with his tough victory in the Listed Chester Manifold Stakes at Flemington; given a great ride by Brenton Avdulla to suit the pattern of the day Red Excitement came with a well-timed run to wear-down Tried And Tired in the shadows of the post. Tried And Tired looked the winner when he got the better of Lord Of The Sky but Red Excitement proved too strong on the day. This was Red Excitement's fifth consecutive win and his second win after a long spell due to serious injury; it has been a great training performance by Gerald Ryan to have Red Excitement at his best after such a long lay-off and his winning run may not yet be over.
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Le Chef gave his trainer Darryl Hansen and young jockey Luke Tarrant their biggest success to date when he proved too good for his rivals in the $2 million Magic Millions Classic for two year olds over 1200 metres at the Gold Coast. Tarrant is having a stellar season having won the Group 2 Villiers Stakes aboard Rudy and he is also well-clear in the Brisbane Jockeys' Premiership. Pepperano and Single Gaze battled-on strongly for the minor placings but they were no match for Le Chef. The fairy-tale finish to Chris Munce's riding career did not eventuate with Wicked Intent finishing sixth but Munce will always be remembered as one of Queensland's greatest ever jockeys.
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