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Paratroopers Wins Canterbury Stakes
Woodlands Stud stallion Commands (Danehill-Cotehele House, by My Swanee) added a group success when home-bred 3YO gelding Paratroopers (Commands-Crew, by Sanction) defeated the older horses to score a 1.75-lengths win in the $140,000 weight-for-age Gr2 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill. Paratroopers (ridden by Darren Beadman for trainer John Hawkes) defeated 7YO gelding Patezza (Rubiton-Stars Above, by Star Shower) & 4YO gelding Dance Hero (Danzero-Gypsy Dancer, by Dance Floor). Paratroopers now has 6 wins (also including the Gr2 Stan Fox Strakes over 1400m in September) & 13 placings (including runner-up in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas over 1600m in October) from 13 starts for $1,341,525 earnings.