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Royal Ascot On Agenda For Griante
Gr1-winning sprinter Griante will be on trial for a trip to Royal Ascot when she contests the Gr2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday, reports AAP. Griante registered her maiden Gr1 victory when scoring a brilliant win in the Galaxy at Rosehill last start, and another forward showing on Saturday could see her off to the Royal meeting in June. "There's quite a bit of water to go under the bridge with Royal Ascot but if she gets through this run fine and we're happy with (her next run in) the Sangster Stakes she will go," trainer David Brideoake told Melbourne's Radio Sport National. Brideoake is indeed expecting another bold showing from Griante on Saturday. "She's had a very good few weeks since the last run," Brideoake said. "She comes into Sydney in premium condition so I'm pretty confident. I really think she'll perform very well." By Cornerstone Stud's Gr1 winning shuttler Good Journey (Nureyev-Chimes of Freedom, by Private Account), Griante has won 7 of her 27 starts to date for over $1 million in earnings.