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First Winner For Strategic Maneuver
Bullarook Park's Strategic Maneuver (Royal Academy-Crystal Gauntlet, by Marscay) sired his first winner on Saturday when 2YO filly Tempt Me Not raced away for an impressive victory at Newcastle. The chestnut filly sprinted quickly from midfield to defeat Godolphin filly Lycia by 5-lengths in the Pantry Packers 2YO Plate (1200m). The Bart & James Cummings-trained Tempt Me Not is a homebred for Gooree Stud's Eduardo Cojuangco and is out of the Encosta de Lago mare Ganda, a daughter of Gr1 Australasian Oaks winner Tempest Morn. "She should have won before now," said studmaster Malcolm Boyd. "She was fifth in the Widden Stakes and was only beaten a length in her last two starts at Randwick and Warwick Farm." He added, "We booked over 100 mares to Strategic Maneuver in his first two years and another 92 in his third so now it's up to him. He's only had five starters to date but all the feedback from trainers tells me there are plenty more ready to run in the next couple of months." Boyd stands Strategic Maneuver alongside Lucas Cranach (Ire) at Bullarook Park in Victoria. He will make a decision in the next month or two whether to keep his fee at $4,400 (inc gst) this year.