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Spark Of Life Wins Gr1 Manikato Stakes
In Australia, last year's winner & now 5YO gelding Spark Of Life (Nine Carat-Sparkling Bounty, by Celestial Bounty) made it successive victories in a thrilling 3-way photo-finish to the $400,000 weight-for-age Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in Melbourne. Spark Of Life (ridden by Glen Boss for trainer Allan Denham) led throughout & then held on to win by a neck from 3YO colt Perfectly Ready (More Than Ready-Elle Duccio, by Danehill) with a further long-neck to 7YO mare Our Egyptian Raine (Desert Sun-Egyptian Queen, by Karioi Lad). Spark Of Life (a $30,000 yearling at the 2002 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast) now has 10 wins (also including the 2004 Gr1 Manikato Stakes & Gr1 Galaxy, plus 2005 Gr2 BTC Cup at Doomben in April) & 6 placings (including the 2005 Gr1 Galaxy, Gr1 Australia Stakes, Gr2 Premiere Stakes, Gr3 Missile Stakes & Gr3 Concorde Stakes) in 18 starts for $1,384,150 prize-money.