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Vilanova Wins Gr2 Caulfield Autumn Classic
At Caulfield, Gr3-winning & multiple Gr1-placed Darley stallion Commands (Danehill-Cotehele House, by My Swanee) added a group success when 3YO gelding Vilanova (Commands-Valpolicella, by Red Ransom) scored by 1.5-lengths for trainer Chris Waller in the $220,000 Gr2 Caulfield Autumn Classic (1800m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO geldings Countersnip (Stratum-Hasty Snip, by Snippets) & Alpha Beat (Magnus-Silverbeat, by Distant Music). Vilanova took his record to 2 wins (including the Listed Wentwood Grange Stakes) and 6 placings (including the Gr2 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes and Gr2 BRC Champagne Classic) from 17 starts for $322,368 earnings. Vilanova was a NZ$150,000 purchase by David Ellis at the 2012 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Haunui Farm.