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Celestial Falls Wins Kennedy Oaks Trial
A strong pointer in recent years to the Gr1 Kennedy Oaks (2500m), this year’s Kennedy Oaks Trial (1800m) has been taken out in dazzling fashion by the Mark Newnham-trained 3YO filly Celestial Falls (Hinchinbrook-Rippled, by Dalakhani). After a flying finish (at $31) behind the much admired Subpoenaed where she was only beaten a head in her seasonal return, this time supporters laid into the favourite crunching her from $2.60 to $1.80 at the jump. Quickly finding the lead, Celestial Falls backed off the tempo through the middle stages, and even though needing to navigate the long straight that appeared before her, she never looked like being beaten. Gamay (Pierro) put in a very solid run for second, while $151 outsider Cape Leopard (Fiorente) caught the eye with a strong finish to fill the minor placing.