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Shannara Wins Dark Jewel Classic

Monday, 16th May 2011

Former Australian Horse-Of-The-Year & 10-times Gr1-winning stallion Octagonal (Zabeel-Eight Carat, by Pieces Of Eight) added a black-type success (& 24th individual stakes-winner) when 4YO mare Shannara (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) scored a 0.75-length victory in the $175,000 Listed Arrowfield Stud Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) for fillies & mares at Scone in the NSW Hunter Valley. Shannara (ridden by Christian Reith for trainer Peter Snowden) defeated 7YO mare Dane Julia (Caesour-Precious Julia, by Danehill) & 3YO filly Pontiana (Redoute's Choice-Liberty Rose, by Royal Academy). Shannara (a full-sister to former Australian Racehorse-Of-The-Year & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro) took her record to 3 wins & 7 placings (including April's Gr2 Emancipation Stakes over 1600m at Randwick, plus 2010's Listed Angst Stakes over 1400m at Randwick & Listed James Carr Stakes over 1400m at Randwick) from 13 starts for $293,830 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

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