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Aust-Bred Second Empire Son Wins South Africa Gr2
In South Africa, former Heytesbury Stud shuttler Second Empire (Fairy King-Welsh Love, by Ela-Mama-Mou) added a group success when Australian-bred 7YO entire Tropical Empire (Second Empire-Tropical Touch, by Pago Pago) scored a 3.25-lengths victory in the R350,000 (A$50,000) Gr2 Drill Hall Stakes (1400m) at Greyville to go one better than last year's runner-up in this same race. Tropical Empire (ridden by Stuart Randolph for trainer Duncan Howells) defeated 6YO gelding Braggadacio (Western Winte-Fair Bianca, by Priceless Asset) & 4YO gelding Imperial Gesture (Al Mufti-Imperial Guest, by Northern Guest). Tropical Empire (a $17,000 yearling consigned from Canardly Stud at the 2004 Magic Millions Perth Premier Sale) took his record to 10 wins (also including 2009's Gr2 Betting World Stakes over 1900m at Greyville & Listed Michael Roberts Handicap over 1800m at Scottsville) & 11 placings (including 2009's Gr2 Drill Hall Stakes over 1400m at Greyville, plus 2008's Gr3 Cup Trial over 1800m at Clairwood & 2006's Gr3 Byerley Turk Plate over 1400m at Scottsville) from 33 starts.