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Magnifique Soleil Wins Listed Winter Championship Final
At Flemington, deceased former Eliza Park stallion & sire of 13-time Gr1 winning Champion mare Sunline, Desert Sun (Green Desert-Solar, Hotfoot), added a stakes success when 5YO gelding Magnifique Soleil (Desert Sun-Neutron Belle, by At Talaq) won by 0.1-length for trainer Darren Weir in the $150,000 Listed Winter Championship Series Final (1600m) for 3YO+, over fellow geldings, 6YO Clanga's Glory (Clangalang-Palace Glory, by Palace Music) & 8YO Another Prelate (Lord Vain-Cardinal's Gift, by Cardinal). This was Magnifique Soleil's first stakes success and improved his already impressive record to 9 wins & 5 placings (including the Listed Hill Smith Stakes) from 21 starts for $285,526 earnings.