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Orpheus Strikes Winning Note On Debut
Beautifully bred gelding Orpheus made the perfect start to his career when recording an impressive debut win in a 1300m maiden at Scone yesterday. The Paul Messara-trained 3YO looked above average when stretching out stylishly over the final 200 metres to score by 1-length over Full Marks and race favourite Invienna. Bred by Arrowfield Stud, Orpheus is by reigning Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice out of the Sunday Silence mare Sunday Valentine, making him a full-brother to Shadwell's Gr2 Edward Manifold Stakes winner El Daana. El Daana, in turn, has made an immediate impact at stud as the mother of talented 3YO filly Wawail. Bred by Shadwell Stud and trained by David Hayes and Tom Dabernig, Wawail (Lonhro) has established herself as one of the best fillies in Australia winning 5 of her 6 starts hitherto, including the Gr2 Kenwney Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on 14 March.