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Fantasia Wins Emancipation Stakes
Woodlands Stud stallion Canny Lad (Bletchingly-Jesmond Lass, by Lunchtime) added a group success when 4YO mare Fantasia (Canny Lad-Fairytale Time, by Palace Music) finished strongly down the outside to prevail in a 3-way photo-finish to the $200,000 Gr2 Emancipation Stakes (1600m) for fillies & mares at Randwick. Fantasia (ridden by Hugh Bowman for trainer Guy Walter) won by a short-neck from favoured 6YO mare Octapussy (Octagonal-Dopff, by Tights) with a further short-head to fellow 4YO mare Villa Bled (Danehill-Palatious, by Semipalatinsk). Fantasia now has 3 wins & 7 placings (including the Listed Epona Stakes last start over 1900m on April 1 & Listed Inglis Tibbie Stakes over 1400m last September) from 15 starts for $220,280 prize-money.