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Spartacus Adds US Gr3

Tuesday, 14th October 2008

In the US, NZ The Oaks Stud's dual Gr1-winning resident stallion Spartacus (Danehill-Teslemi, by Ogygian) added a group success when Irish-bred colt Strait Of Mewsina (Spartacus-Siraka, by Grand Lodge) came from the tail of the field to snatch victory in a 5-way photo-finish to the US$250,000 Gr3 Hawthorne Derby (9 furlongs on turf) for 3YOs in Illinois. Strait Of Mewsina (ridden by E.T.Baird for trainer Larry Rivelli) scored by a neck from multiple stakes-winning fellow colt Cherokee Triangle (Cherokee Run-Brief Bliss, by Navarone) with a further head to another colt Snoose Goose (Aptitude-Elusive, by Elmaamul). Overall Strait Of Mewsina now has 3 wins from 12 starts for US$212,719 earnings. His sire Spartacus finished the 2007-08 season as NZ Champion 1st-Season Sire & is standing the current breeding season at The Oaks for NZ$10,000+GST.

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