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Orange County Wins Melb Food & Wine Plate

Monday, 10th March 2008

Windsor Park Stud's champion NZ sire of the last 6 seasons Volksraad (Green Desert-Celtic Assembly, by Secretariat) added a black-type success when 5YO gelding Orange County (Volksraad-Saffie, by Kaapstad) scored a half-length victory in the $125,000 Listed Melbourne Food & Wine Plate (1400m) at Flemington. Orange County (ridden by Brad Rawiller for trainer Brian Mayfield-Smith) defeated 4YO gelding Gotta Have Heart (Show A Heart-Red Century, by Centaine) & 6YO gelding Count To Zero (Danzero-Crazy Grace, by Century). Orange County (a NZ$70,000 yearling at the 2004 NZ Bloodstock Select Sale) now has 8 wins (also including 2007's Listed Sofitel Stakes over 1400m at Flemington) & 6 placings (including last month's Listed Melbourne Stakes over 1100m at Caulfield, plus 2007's Gr2 Jayco Crystal Mile over 1600m at Moonee Valley & Listed Aurie's Star Handicap over 1200m at Moonee Valley) from 26 starts for $496,775 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

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