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Champagne Cuddles Wins Gr2 Breeders Classic

Monday, 11th February 2019

J: B Shinn
T: Bjorn Baker
W: 55 kgs
S: Not A Single Doubt
D: Sky Cuddle
J: Tommy Berry
T: Tony McEvoy
W: 55.5 kgs
S: Not A Single Doubt
D: Hiavanna
J: Tim Clark
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott
W: 54 kgs
S: Foxwedge
D: Cinque
J: J R Collett
T: Bjorn Baker
W: 55 kgs
S: Stratum
D: Our Egyptian Raine

At Warwick Farm in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) added a Group race quinella when 4YO Australian-bred mare Champagne Cuddles (Not a Single Doubt-Sky Cuddle, by Snippets) showed tenacity to score by 0.2-lengths for trainer Bjorn Baker in the $198,000 Gr2 Breeders Classic (1200m), ahead of 7YO mare Cool Passion and 5YO mare Alassio. So often the bridesmaid since winning the Gr3 Gold Coast Guineas last May, Champagne Cuddles is nothing if not tough. After doing a little work early the favourite was forced to navigate a wide path into the straight, and even when she loomed up to leader Cool Passion without looking a good thing, her determination saw her home. A very valuable commodity, Champagne Cuddles advanced her record to 4 wins and 10 placings (incuding the Gr1 Golden Rose Stakes, Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap, Gr1 Kingsford-Smith Cup, Gr1 Flight Stakes, Gr2 Tea Rose Stakes, Gr2 Furious Stakes, Gr2 Silver Shadow Stakes, Gr2 Sheraco Stakes, Gr2 Golden Pendant & Listed Kensington Stakes) from 16 starts for $1,074,175 in earnings. Champagne Cuddles was passed in for $180,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Champagne Cuddles

Champagne Cuddles gets back in the winners' circle (pic: Steve Hart)
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