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Moonlight Romance Wins Gr1 Indian Derby
In India, star mare Moonlight Romance (China Visit-Wandering Star, by Razeen) followed-up last month's victory against her own sex in the Gr1 Indian Oaks with a 1.25-lengths victory against the males in the IR 21 million (A$440,000) Gr1 Indian Derby (2400m) for 4YOs at Mahalaxmi in Mumbai. Moonlight Romance (ridden by David Allan for trainer Cooji Katrak) defeated favoured gelding Ocean And Beyond (Kingsalsa-Sayuri, by Sadler's Wells) & fellow mare Xisca (China Visit-Altimara, by Razeen). At her previous start, Moonlight Romance raced away for a 4.5-lengths victory in the Gr1 Indian Oaks (2400m) at Mahalaxmi; & during 2010 she also won both India's Gr1 Derby Bangalore (2000m) at Bangalore & Gr3 Breeders' Juvenile Fillies Championship (1600m) at Mumbai, as well as finishing runner-up in both the Gr1 Indian 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Mumbai & Gr1 Fillies' Trial Stakes (1600m) at Bangalore.