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Crack Me Up Wins Gr2 Villiers Stakes

Monday, 18th December 2017

 Mrgn.Runners
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J: J R Collett
T: L F Birchley
W: 54.5 kgs
S: Mossman
D: Chuckle
0.4L
J: J Parr
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott
W: 55 kgs
S: Northern Meteor
D: Dirty
0.6L
J: T Angland
T: James Cummings
W: 54.5 kgs
S: Medaglia D'Oro
D: Satin Kiss
0.7L
J: C G O'Brien
T: F T Cowell
W: 55 kgs
S: Casino Prince
D: Buxom Babe

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Gr1-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed Vinery Stud stallion Mossman (Success Express-Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) added a Group race success when 4YO New Zealand-bred gelding Crack Me Up (Mossman-Chuckle, by Danehill) landed the biggest prize of his career when unwinding his trademark late sprint to win the $250,000 Gr2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Cabeza De Vaca & Interlocuter. A $60,000 purchase at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale from the draft of Glastonbury Farms, Crack Me Up improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 Sunshine Coast Guineas, Listed Recognition Stakes, Listed Tattersall's Mile & Listed Dalrello Stakes) and 5 placings (Listed BRC Wayne Wilson Plate) from 20 starts for $511,250 in earnings. "I got beaten in this race by a short margin some years ago with Rags To Riches so this helps make up for that," trainer Liam Birchley told Sky Racing. "The Doncaster is definitely something to look at now he is guaranteed a start. But we'll get to the Magic Millions first." The $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m) will be run at the Gold Coast on 13 January. From Magic Millions 2YO Classic runner-up Chuckle (Danehill), the cleverly-named Crack Me Up hails from the extended family of dual Gr1-winning sire Turffontein, VRC Derby winner Hit The Roof, Gr1 Railway Handicap winner Alynda, and Gr3 winning sire Fast 'N' Famous.

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Crack Me Up (image: Steve Hart)
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