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Giant's Causeway Adds US Gr2

Monday, 29th September 2008

Former Coolmore shuttler Giant's Causeway (Storm Cat-Mariah's Storm, by Rahy) added a US group success when favoured 5YO entire Fairbanks (Giant's Causeway-Alaska Queen, by Time For A Change) scored a 2.75-lengths victory in the US$500,000 Gr2 Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (10 furlongs) at Hawthorne in Illinois. Fairbanks (ridden by Richard Migliore for trainer Todd Pletcher) defeated the 6YO entires Magna Graduate (Honor Grades-Peacock Alley, by Fast Play) & Wayzata Bay (Roar-Beauty Is, by Personal Flag). Kentucky-bred Fairbanks (a half-brother to Gr2-winner Keats) took his record to 6 wins from 18 starts for US$879,768 earnings; at his previous start he won August's Listed Duke Of Magenta Stakes (9.5 furlongs) at Saratoga, after earlier this season finishing runner-up in both March's Gr2 Gufstream Park Handicap (9.5 furlongs) & April's Gr3 Bill Hartack Memorial Handicap (9 furlongs) at Hawthorne. In 2007 Fairbanks won the US Gr3 Tokyo City Handicap (9 furlongs) at Santa Anita Park, as well as finishing runner-up in both the Gr1 Suburban Handicap (10 furlongs) at Belmont Park & Listed Massachusetts Handicap (9 furlongs) at Suffolk Downs.

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