Saturday, 5 May 2012
: Auckland Cup winner Shez Sinsational held off a late surge from Lights Of Heaven to prevail in a pulsating finish to Saturday's $300,000 Group 2 Hollindale Stakes.
The Gold Coast judges deliberated over the winning photo for two minutes before deciding the New Zealand mare had hung on for her third straight win this campaign, and first salute in Australia.
And the three-time Group 1 winner could well find herself back on these shores in the spring time as a serious cups contender in Melbourne.Shez Sinsational
looked home for trainer Allan Sharrock at the 200m before Lights Of Heaven
loomed up and almost stole it late on.
German import Mawingo
headed the rest home in third spot.
Sharrock's brilliant four-year-old warmed up for this afternoon's win with a narrow open-handicap triumph at Tauranga over seven furlongs, 45 days after a fighting victory over the testing two miles of the Auckland Cup.Zabeel
mare Lights Of Heaven meanwhile ran seventh behind More Joyous
on Golden Slipper day in the Group 1 Queen Of the Turf Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill prior to this afternoon's effort.
Earlier on at the Gold Coast yesterday Celtic Dancer
caused a major boilover in the listed Prime Minister's Cup finishing a head clear of the well-backed Mid Summer Music
The 2009 Golden Slipper winner and Newmarket Handicap fourth placegetter Phelan Ready
was a length further back in third.
continued the excellent run of Snitzel
two-year-olds this autumn with a dominant resuming win in the listed Ken Russell Memorial Classic (1200m).
The Kelso Wood colt finished four-and-a-half lengths clear of Dances On Stars
in his first run since finishing fourth in the Magic Million Classic in January.
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