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Villiers Target for Hopfgarten

Monday, 16th October 2017

Multiple stakes-winning Queensland galloper Hopfgarten (Mossman-Black Tourmaline, by O'Reilly) booked a start in the Gr2 Villiers Stakes in Sydney in the summer with a brilliant comeback win at Doomben on Saturday, reports Racing Queensland Webnews. Having first start since June, Hopfgarten defied his big weight to score a dominant 0.75 length win over Sydney visitor Supreme Effort in the Bartons Open Handicap over 1200m. "I'm glad to see him win again as he's probably my stable favourite now that Buffering has retired," Heathcote said. "That was a good win and I'm getting him ready for the Villiers Stakes in Sydney and the Bernborough Handicap again." He added: "He ran in the Villiers last year and didn't have much luck finishing fifth but he was only beaten two lengths."

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