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Xtension Wins Hong Kong Gr1 Champions Mile
In Hong Kong, former WA Oakland Park shuttler Xaar (Zafonic-Monroe, by Sir Ivor) added a Gr1 triumph when Irish-bred 4YO gelding Xtension (Xaar-Great Joy, by Grand Lodge) scored a half-length victory in the HK$12 million (A$1.5m) Gr1 Champions Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin. Xtension (ridden by Australian jockey Darren Beadman for expatriate Australian trainer John Moore) defeated favoured fellow 4YO gelding Lucky Nine (Dubawi-Birjand, by Green Desert) & Australian-bred 4YO entire Musir (Redoute's Choice-Dizzy De Lago, by Encosta De Lago). Xtension took his record to a win & 3 placings (also including last month's Gr1 Hong Kong Derby over 2000m & January's Gr1 Hong Kong Classic Mile over 1600m) from 6 Hong Kong starts. As a 2YO Xtension won the Gr2 Vintage Stakes (7 furlongs) at Doncaster in England & was placed in England's Gr1 Dewhurst Stakes (7 furlongs); & as a 3YO he finished 3rd in France's Gr1 Prix Jean Prat (1600m). Overall he now boasts 3 wins & 6 placings from 14 starts. Xtension was a €15,000 (A$21,000) yearling at the 2008 Tattersalls Ireland September Sale.