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Ocean Challenger Wins Trojan Hand Tools Stakes

Monday, 24th October 2011

Deceased Blue Gum Farm sire & 4-time Gr1-winning former champion racehorse Rubiton (Century-Ruby, by Seventh Hussar) added a black-type success (& 41st individual stakes-winner) when 6YO mare & 50-1 outsider Ocean Challenger (Rubiton-French Elle, by Honour And Glory) prevailed in a 3-way photo-finish to the $150,000 Gr3 Trojan Hand Tools Stakes (1600m) for mares 4YO & up at Moonee Valley. Ocean Challenger (ridden by Dean Holland for trainer Darren Magro) scored by a long-neck from 5YO mare Hi Belle (Clangalang-Seldom Caught, by Jugah) with a  further head to top-weighted 7YO mare Lady Lynette (Ladoni-Queen's Own, by Coronation Day). Ocean Challenger took her record to 8 wins & 11 placings (including April’s Gr2 Queen Of The South Stakes over 1600m at Morphettville, plus 2009’s Listed Penny Edition Stakes over 1400m at Morphettville & Listed Nitcshke Stakes over 1450m at Cheltenham) from 33 starts for $387,095 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

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