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Tale Of The Cat Adds US Gr2

Monday, 21st July 2008

Coolmore shuttler Tale Of The Cat (Storm Cat-Yarn, by Mr Prospector) added a US graded-stakes success when his multiple graded-stakes-winning colt Gio Ponti (Tale Of The Cat-Chipeta Springs, by Alydar) made it 2 successive wins in his 2008 campaign (since returning from a 7-months spell) with victory by a nose in the US772,000 Gr2 Virginia Derby (10 furlongs on turf) for 3YOs at Colonial Downs. Gio Ponti (ridden by Garrett Gomez for trainer Christophe Clement) defeated fellow multiple graded-stakes-winner Court Vision (Gulch-Weekend Storm, by Storm Bird) & Gr3-winning favourite Sailor's Cap (Distant View-Wave On, by Caveat). At his previous start, Kentucky-bred Gio Ponti won last month's Gr3 Hill Prince Stakes (8 furlongs on turf) at Belmont Park & overall now has 4 wins (also including 2007's Listed Woodford Reserve Bourbon Stakes over 8.5 furlongs on turf at Keeneland) from 5 starts for US$640,800 earnings.

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