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Maldivian Wins Gr1 Cox Plate

Monday, 27th October 2008

In Australia, NZ Cambridge Stud's multiple champion sire Zabeel (Sir Tristram-Lady Giselle, by Nureyev) added a Gr1 triumph when front-running 6YO gelding Maldivian (Zabeel-Shynzi, by Danzig) scored a 1-length victory in the $3 million weight-for-age Gr1 W.S.Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley in Melbourne. Maldivian (ridden by Michael Rodd for trainer Mark Kavanagh) defeated 7YO gelding Zipping (Danehill-Social Scene, by Grand Lodge) & favoured 3YO filly Samantha Miss (Redoute's Choice-Millyet, by Zabeel). Maldivian (a $195,000 yearling at the 2004 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney) now has 8 wins (also including 2007's Gr1 Yalumba Stakes over 2000m at Caulfield, Gr3 Easter Cup over 2000m at Caulfield & Listed JRA Cup over 2040m at Moonee Valley) & 10 placings (including both August's Gr2 Memsie Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield & Gr2 Liston Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield, plus January's Gr2 Carlyon Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley, as well as 2007's Gr2 Liston Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield & Listed Naturalism Stakes over 2000m at Caulfield) from 26 starts for $2,541,550 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

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