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Eckstein Wins Gr3 Southern Cross Stakes

Monday, 18th February 2019

J: S Clipperton
T: Kurt Goldman
W: 54.5 kgs
S: I Am Invincible
D: Comrie
J: J Parr
T: P & P Snowden
W: 59 kgs
S: Mossman
D: Volantis
J: B Avdulla
T: M, W & J Hawkes
W: 53 kgs
S: O'Reilly
D: Alberton Princess
J: Tim Clark
T: J A O'Shea
W: 58 kgs
S: Fastnet Rock
D: Volcada

At Randwick in Sydney, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a Listed race success when 5YO Australian-bred mare Eckstein (I Am Invincible-Comrie, by Choisir) scored her inaugural first-up win with a solid 0.2-length victory in the $157,800 Gr3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m). Completing a brilliant couple of days for trainer Kurt Goldman who parlayed a $50,000 Inglis cheque into a Press Statement yearling (at Inglis Classic) after winning  last Wednesday’s Highway Handicap with Safe Landing, Eckstein was one of a wall of horses that looked capable of winning at the 200m mark. She finished best to beat long-time leader, 8YO gelding Dothraki, and odds-on, hitherto undefeated 3YO colt Brutal. The latter was pratted three deep for much of the run, so it was pleasing to see him rally when placed under pressure from all sides, and he shouldn’t be sacked on that performance. Finishing just out of the placings in the Gr2 Matriarch Stakes at Flemington in November, Eckstein’s return to the winner’s enclosure boosted her record to 7 wins (including the Gr3 Glenlogan Park Stakes, Listed Paris Lane Stakes & Listed Mode Plate) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 Myer Classic, Gr3 Nivison Stakes & Magic Millions 3YO Guineas) from 29 starts for $1,048,535 in earnings.

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