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Spark Of Life Wins Challenge Stakes
Multiple Gr1-winning 6YO gelding Spark Of Life (Nine Carat-Sparkling Bounty, by Celestial Bounty) returned from a 22-weeks spell for a decisive 3.5-lengths victory in the $125,000 weight-for-age Gr3 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick. Spark Of Life (ridden by Zac Purton for trainer Allan Denham) defeated 5YO mare Whoever (Redoute's Choice-Celebration Bell, by True Version) & 4YO gelding Biscayne Bay (Stravinsky-Mont Tremblant, by St Jovite). Spark Of Life (a $30,000 yearling at the 2002 Magic Millions Premier Sale on the Gold Coast) now has 11 wins (also including the 2004 & 2005 Gr1 Manikato Stakes, 2004 Gr1 Galaxy as well as the Gr2 Premiere Stakes, Gr2 BTC Cup, Gr3 Missile Stakes & Listed Eskimo Prince Handicap) & 8 placings (including this race last year, plus the 2005 Gr1 Galaxy, Gr1 Australia Stakes, Gr2 Premiere Stakes, Gr3 The Shorts, Gr3 Missile Stakes & Gr3 Concorde Stakes) from 24 starts for $1,498,300 earnings.