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Aust-Bred Delago Deluxe Wins South Africa Gr1 Medallion
In South Africa, dual Australian Champion Sire Encosta de Lago (Fairy King-Shoal Creek, by Star Way) added a juvenile Gr1 triumph (& 19th individual Gr1-winner world-wide) when unbeaten Australian-bred colt Delago Deluxe (Encosta De Lago-Succeeding, by Flying Spur) maintained his perfect record with a 2.25-lengths victory in the R500,000 (A$72,000) Gr1 Maverick Medallion (1200m) for 2YOs at Scottsville. Favourite Delago Deluze (ridden by Anton Marcus for trainer Charles Laird) defeated fellow Australian-bred colt & stable-mate Tennessee Strategy (Stratum-Tennessee Red, by Red Ransom) & the gelding Midnight Serenade (Malhub-Sapphire Serenade, by Harry Hotspur). Delago Deluxe (a $550,000 yearling consigned from Baramul Stud at the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale) now has 4 wins (also including last month’s Gr2 SA Nursery over 1160m at Turffontein & March's Gr3 Protea Stakes over 1100m at Turffontein) from 4 starts for R812,778 (A$116,000) earnings. Meanwhile the runner-up Tennessee Strategy was a $130,000 yearling consigned by Patinack Farm at the same 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.