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Dream Vinery Result for Karaka & Phoenix Park
The National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka and the sales preparation company Phoenix Park stole the spotlight at Rosehill on Saturday with a quinella in the $500,000 Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) for 3YO fillies. The race was won by Montoya's Secret (High Chaparral), who sold for $130,000 from Phoenix Park's draft at the 2015 Premier Sale. Runner-up Nurse Kitchen (Savabeel) was in the same draft but had to be withdrawn the day before the sale. Montoya's Secret and Nurse Kitchen had the finish of Saturday's race all to themselves, kicking two lengths clear of the rest of the field and fighting tooth and nail to the finish. Montoya's Secret, ridden by Noel Callow, prevailed by a desperate neck. "It was a good win," Callow said. "She had to dig deep. She just wandered that last bit, but she still held on though. I got there too early and she wanted to have a look around." Trained by Leon and Troy Corstens, Montoya's Secret has now had 10 starts for three wins and four placings for prize money of $405,375 – more than three times her purchase price. The win completed a Rosehill Group 1 double this week for 3YOs who are graduates of Karaka sales, with Gingernuts (Iffraaj) winning the previous Saturday's Rosehill Guineas.