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Skilled Wins Gr1 Champagne Stakes

Tuesday, 27th April 2010

Gr3-winning & multiple Gr1-placed former Woodlands Stud & now Darley stallion Commands (Danehill-Cotehele House, by My Swanee) added a juvenile Gr1 triumph (& 5th individual Gr1-winner) when his colt Skilled (Commands-Dextrous, by Quest For Fame) prevailed in a 3-way photo-finish to the $300,000 Gr1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) for 2YOs at Randwick. Skilled (ridden by Josh Parr for trainer Peter Snowden) scored by a head from Sasa (Encosta De Lago-Zatella, by Zabeel) with a further neck to the winner’s stable-mate Divorces (Domesday-Family Breakup, by Octagonal). Skilled now has 3 wins (also including the Listed The Schweppervescence over 1400m at Rosehill on April 3) & a runner-up (in last start’s Gr1 Inglis AJC Sires' Produce Stakes over 1400m at Randwick on April 10) from 6 starts for $388,850 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

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