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Stratos Wins South Africa Gr1 Empress Club Stakes
In South Africa, Team Valor's 5YO mare Stratos (Jet Master-Gilded Star, by Golden Thatch) snatched victory right on the finishing line to score by a short-head in the R1 million (A$170,000) Gr1 Empress Club Stakes (1600m) for fillies & mares at Turffontein. Stratos (ridden by Weichong Marwing for trainer Mike Azzie) defeated Brazilian-bred favoured 3YO filly Rat Burana (Dodge-Carmina Burana, by Southern Halo) & fellow 5YO mare Bold Ellinore (Kahal-Ellinore, by Northern Guest). Stratos is unbeaten in 3 starts this season (having also won the Yellowwood Handicap & Ipi Tombe Challenge); back in 2005 she finished 3rd as a juvenile in the Gr1 Thekwini Fillies Stakes (1600m) at Clairwood.