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Ace High Wins Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes

Monday, 9th October 2017

J: T Angland
T: David Payne
W: 56.5 kgs
S: High Chaparral
D: Come Sunday
J: B Shinn
T: C J Waller
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Snitzel
D: Bramble Rose
J: B Avdulla
T: T Busuttin & N Young
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Reliable Man
D: Lady Winifred
J: K Mc Evoy
T: James Cummings
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Teofilo
D: Aforethought

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) celebrated an elite race success when 3YO brown colt Ace High (High Chaparral-Come Sunday, by Redoute's Choice) did just enough to hold on for a narrow win in the $500,000 Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) for 3YOs, defeating Tangled & Sully. Ace High, who is a direct descendant of Natalma, the dam of the legendary Northern Dancer and grand-dam of Danehill, improved his record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 Gloaming Stakes) and 1 placing from 11 starts for $498,375 in earnings. Trainer David Payne said Ace High would now head towards the $1.5 million Gr1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington on 4 November. "I think he is definitely a Victoria Derby horse," Payne told Sky Racing. "I'll speak to the owner and see how we go. I'm keen on the Derby." Ace High was purchased by Payne for $130,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Bell River Thoroughbreds.

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Ace High (image: Steve Hart)
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