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Orange County Wins Sofitel Stakes
Windsor Park Stud's champion NZ sire of the last 6 seasons Volksraad (Green Desert-Celtic Assembly, by Secretariat) added a black-type success (& 41st stakes-winner overall) when 5YO gelding Orange County (Volksraad-Saffie, by Kaapstad) snatched victory by a nose in the $125,000 Listed Sofitel Stakes (1400m) for 4YOs & up at Flemington. Orange County (ridden by Mark Zahra for trainer Brian Mayfield-Smith) defeated 8YO gelding Bird Dancer (Hennessy-Be Yourself, by Noalcoholic) & 4YO gelding Flash Coupe (Ne Coupez Pas-Light Water, by Bellwater). Orange County (a NZ$70,000 yearling at the 2004 NZ Bloodstock Select Sale) now has 7 wins & 4 placings (including last month's Listed Aurie's Star Handicap over 1200m at Moonee Valley) from 19 starts for $345,650 earnings.