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Guelph Overcomes Gulf to Taste Champagne
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5th at RANG1 Champagne S. ($412k)  [1600m (T)]Winner: Guelph (Aus), f, 2 by Exceed and Excel (Aus)
Saturday, Randwick, Australia
MOET & CHANDON 150TH CHAMPAGNE S.-G1, A$400,000, Randwick (Sydney), 4-27, 2yo, 1mT, 1:36.28, gd.
1--GUELPH (AUS), 120, f, 2, by Exceed and Excel (Aus)
1st Dam: Camarilla (Aus) (G1SW-Aus), by Elusive Quality
2nd Dam: Camarena (Aus), by Danehill
3rd Dam: Canny Miss (Aus), by Marscay (Aus)
O-Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; B-Darley; T-Peter Snowden; J-Kerrin McEvoy; A$240,000. Lifetime Record: 7-4-1-0, A$914,500. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--Fuerza (Aus), 125, c, 2, Snippetson (Aus)--Lady Min (Aus), by Nothin’ Leica Dane (Aus). O-M W Hodges, G E Sullivan, B Adams, P H Greatorix, Mrs J M Flannery, P Petrovski, Dr P Chen, C J Dawson, Mrs M A Chen & Latcon Synd; B-Dr P Chen; T-Bjorn Baker; A$80,000.
3--Equator (Aus), 125, g, 2, Northern Meteor (Aus)--Sun Maid (Aus), by Desert Sun (GB). O-Mystery Downs Synd, Ms S J Marshall, L L James, B M Kennemore, D M McCann, W E Lambert, Mrs H J Leggett & Palace Racing Synd; B-Bell View Park Stud; T-Gai Waterhouse; A$40,000.
Margins: NO, SNK. Odds: 6-4, 25-1, 20-1.
Also Ran: Drago (Aus), Fast ‘n’ Rocking (Aus), Criterion (NZ), Charlie Boy (Aus), Havana (Aus), Scandiva (Aus), Star Wars (NZ), Riocetto (Aus), Champollion (Aus), Shahad (Aus). Scratched: Diva Dee (Aus).
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   Guelph appeared hopelessly beaten at the top of the stretch, but nonetheless came thundering down the straight to score her second straight Group 1 victory, and sweep the last two legs of the Australian 2-year-old Triple Crown, following her win in the G1 Sires Produce S. two weeks ago. Taking into account the victory of Overreach (Aus) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) in the G1 Golden Slipper Apr. 6, fillies by that sire completed a sweep of the Triple Crown.
   A homebred for Sheikh Mohammed, Guelph kicked off her career with a second place finish in the listed Gimcrack S. at Randwick last October before taking her next two races, including the GIII Blue Diamond Prelude at Caulfield. She failed to fire next out in the G1 Blue Diamond S., finishing ninth, but rebounded to finish fourth in the Golden Slipper at odds of 16-1. Sent off at 9-1 for the Sires Produce a week later, Guelph traveled in the rear before making a big move inside the final 200 meters, and she made a similar run yesterday. Traveling near the back of the pack through the early stages, she began to weave her way between rivals at the top of the stretch and, after appearing to linger slightly approaching the 100 meter mark, burst through for a thrilling victory. "She was a mile too far back, I thought," trainer Peter Snowden told Racenet.com.au. "We had a plan to be in the first half dozen from the better draw. I thought there was too much to do but she was good enough to do it. She’s been to Melbourne then back to Sydney for the Slipper and then the Sires’ and now the Champagne. It shows her ability and toughness. She’s right up there with the best we’ve seen this season." Guelph’s dam, Camarilla--who also won the Sires Produce--died last year, but she has a yearling colt by Shamardal, and a weanling colt by Street Cry (Ire).

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