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Mark Of The Beast Bad Omen For Opposition
Speaking of omens and ironies, and given the political anomalies currently encircling the US, it's interesting that a 3YO gelding named Patriot with a form line of 666 will take on race 2 at Geelong today. By Reward For Effort from the Encosta de Lago mare Batik, the chestnut does not have seven heads and ten horns, as characterised by the mythical creature, and will break the perilous sequence when he takes on a field of 11 under Gr1-winning hoop Ben Melham. A $380,000 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling from the draft of Supreme Thoroughbreds, Patriot is a half-brother to speedy juvenile and Listed Maribyrnong Trial winner Mihalic (by Hard Spun). His dam Batik is a sister to stakes-placed Pretty Penny, dam of Gr2 Zipping Classic winner Sertorius and Gr3 Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes winner Clifton Red. Meanwhile, in the same field, Anthony Freedman-trained Mr So And So, is currently 66X on his form card, with connections hoping he doesn't complete the beastly sequence first up.