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Ottawa eyes on Alabama’s fillies

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Son of Redoute’s Choice looking to continue great start to breeding career.

SHANGRI LA EXPRESS winning the James Squire Kirkham Plate at Randwick in Australia.
SHANGRI LA EXPRESS winning the James Squire Kirkham Plate at Randwick in Australia. Picture: Steve Hart

First-season sires provided the quinella in Tuesday's Maribyrnong Plate and on Thursday Victorian racing fans will get their first look at the progeny of a stallion who has made a blazing start to his breeding career.

Alabama Express has enjoyed a dream start to his career and will be represented by Karavas and Harpalee in the Group 3 Ottawa Stakes (1000m).

The Yulong stallion has had three runners for two wins and a half-head second.

The Richard and Chantelle Jolly-trained Karavas was one of the winners, having won the Moorundi Classic (900m) at Murray Bridge on October 7, while Shangri La Express won the Kirkham Plate (1000m) at Randwick a fortnight later.

Shangri La Express will be one of the leading fancies for Saturday's $1 million Golden Gift at Rosehill in Sydney.

Also on October 21, Accelar, led all bar the last stride when narrowly beaten by Cosmic Force youngster Devine Force at Eagle Farm.

They are among 114 live foals from the first crop of the Group 1 C F Orr Stakes winner, who stood his first season at Yulong at a fee of $27,500.

"His yearlings were really well received, they were nice physicals, people liked them and the momentum has just kept building through the process of them being broken in," Yulong chief operating offer Sam Fairgray said.

"Trainers like them, they're good movers, they've got good brains and his first runners have started off really well.

"To have three runners for two winners and the other one just narrowly being beaten, it's a fantastic start."

Karavas has drawn barrier six in the Ottawa Stakes, to the immediate outside of the Ben, Will and JD Hayes-trained Harpalee, who is out of the Savabeel mare Storytime and was a slick all-the-way winner of an 800m Flemington inner-track jumpout on October 27.

Harpalee is second favourite for the Ottawa Stakes behind Peter Moody and Katherine Coleman-trained Exceed And Excel filly Eneeza, who is out of Maribyrnong Trial Stakes winner Sweet Sherry.

Dream Smart (Smart Missile) and Tessa's Choice (Extreme Choice) are the other first-starters in the Ottawa Stakes, while three other first-season sires are represented.

Royal Meeting's Hayasugi will be striving to go one better than her second placing in the rich Inglis Banner on Cox Plate Day, Yes Yes Tess, who finished second to Karavas at Murray Bridge, is also engaged along with Too Darn Hot filly Arabian Summer.

Arabian Summer is a stablemate to Dublin Down and Blue Stratum, sons of Exceedance and Blue Point respectively, who ran the quinella in Tuesday's Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m).


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