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Kaniana Wins Gr3 Merlin Garage Door Opener Stakes
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Darley's deceased Golden Slipper winning stallion Canny Lad (Bletchingly-Jesmond Lass, by Lunchtime) added a Group success when 6YO mare Kaniana (Canny Lad-St Anna, by Umatilla) scored by 0.75 length for trainer Darren Weir in the $150,000 Gr3 Merlin Garage Door Opener Stakes (1600m) for 4YO+ mares, over 5YO mare Rocket Commander (Court Command-Pinot Royale, by Red Ransom) & 4YO mare Alaskan Rose (Encosta de Lago-Saskia, by Redoute's Choice). This was a maiden stakes victory for Kaniana who improved her record to 5 wins and 5 placings (including the Gr2 MVRC WH Stocks Stakes) from 20 starts for $253,340 earnings. Kaniana hails from the family of Irish 1000 Guineas winner Favoletta, Gr1 Prix Marcel Boussac winner Ashayer and her daughter Ashayer, winner of the Gr1 Fillies' Mile at Newmarket.