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Paratroopers Wins Gr1 All-Aged Stakes
Woodlands Stud stallion Commands (Danehill-Cotehele House, by My Swanee) recorded his 1st Gr1 triumph when home-bred 3YO gelding Paratroopers (Commands-Crew, by Sanction) prevailed over the older horses in a 3-way photo-finish to the $400,000 weight-for-age Gr1 All-Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick. Hot favourite Paratroopers (ridden by Darren Beadman for trainer John Hawkes) won by a short-head from 4YO gelding Niconero (Danzero-Nicola Lass, by Scenic) with a further long-head to 4YO mare Shania Dane (Danehill-Subterfuge, by Machiavellian). Paratroopers now has 7 wins (also including the Gr2 Canterbury Stakes over 1300m on March 25 & Gr2 Stan Fox Strakes over 1400m last September) & 4 placings (including runner-up last start in the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes over 1500m on April 8 & runner-up in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas over 1600m last October) from 15 starts for $1,666,985 earnings.