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Naantali Wins Listed Anniversary Vase

Monday, 8th April 2019

 Mrgn.Runners
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J: Ms N Beriman
T: C Maher & D Eustace
W: 54 kgs
S: Rip Van Winkle
D: Zaloot
1.8L
J: J Noonan
T: A W Noonan
W: 56 kgs
S: Jimmy Choux
D: Floramour
1.9L
J: John Allen
T: C Maher & D Eustace
W: 58 kgs
S: Kinshasa No Kiseki
D: Love Dylan
2.1L
J: J Winks
T: M, W & J Hawkes
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Redoute's Choice
D: Our Quivira

At Caulfield in Melbourne, Windsor Park Stud's triple Gr1-winning shuttler Rip Van Winkle (Galileo-Looking Back, by Stravinsky) added a black-type success when 4YO mare Naantali (Rip Van Winkle-Zaloot, by Zabeel) atoned for an unlucky recent run in stakes class this year when surging down the outside late to comfortably defy the ultra unlucky 5YO gelding Manolo Blahnik by 1.75-lengths in the $140,000 Listed Anniversary Stakes (1400m). The winner's stablemate Kemono was third at double-figure odds. A NZ$180,000 yearling purchase at the 2016 NZB National Sales Series from the draft of Windsor Park Stud, Naantali took her record to 6 wins and 6 placings (including the Gr3 Mannerism Stakes & Gr3 Schweppervescence Trophy) from 18 starts for $456,400 in earnings. Naantali, assumedly named after the prolific tourist centre in south-western Finland, comes from a solid family including Gr2 Royal Sovereign winner Flying Pegasus and athletic Listed Bendigo Guineas winner Milwaukee.

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