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Vilanova Wins Gr3 Grand Prix Stakes
At Doomben in Queensland, Gr3-winning & multiple Gr1-placed Darley stallion Commands (Danehill-Cotehele House, by My Swanee) added a group success when 3YO gelding Vilanova (Commands-Valpolicella, by Red Ransom) scored by 3.5-lengths for trainer Chris Waller in the $150,000 Gr3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) for 3YOs, over 3YO colt Pinstripe Lane (Pins-Singasong, by Danasinga) & fellow 3YO gelding Rudy (Red Dazzler-Go on Now Go, by Success Express). Vilanova took his record to 3 wins (including the Gr2 Autumn Classic & Listed Wentwood Grange Stakes) and 7 placings (including the Gr2 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes and Gr2 BRC Champagne Classic) from 22 starts for $437,378 earnings. Vilanova was a NZ$150,000 purchase by David Ellis at the 2012 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Haunui Farm.