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Bondi Beach Wins Gr1 St Leger Stakes
At Doncaster in the UK, former Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) celebrated a Gr1 success when 3YO colt Bondi Beach (Galileo-One Moment in Time, by Danehill) scored by a head for trainer Aidan O'Brien in the Gr1 St Leger Stakes (15 furlongs) for 3YOs, over 3YO filly Simple Verse (Duke of Marmalade-Guantanamera, by Sadler's Wells) & fellow 3YO colt and stable-mate Fields Of Athenry (Galileo-Last Love, by Danehill). Bondi Beach, who took his record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 Curragh Cup) and 2 placings (including the Gr2 Great Voltigeur Stakes) from 5 starts, was awarded the race after first past the post Simple Verse was deemed to have caused sufficient interference for the stewards to reverse the placings, reports Racing Post. Simple Verse's trainer Ralph Beckett was furious at the stewards decision and signalled his intention to appeal. "I'm astonished apart from anything else as there is no consistency in the rule," Beckett told Racing Post. "Clearly whatever way you look at it both horses lean on each other and can you really say it's entirely her fault when both horses lean on each other? One thing's for certain and that is that we will appeal this." Bondi Beach's trainer Aidan O'Brien said he felt sorry for Sheikh Fahad, owner of Simple Verse. "It is never a nice way to win a race. I am very sorry for the connections of the other horse," he said. "It was messy down the straight. I didn't really see it properly but it looked like it was messy and Bondi Beach was closing the gap going down to the line."