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Flemington - Newmarket Handicap Day - 09/03/02



Race 1 Autumn Hurdle

Race 2 The Deck Bar Sprint

Race 3 Rosemount Estate Diamond Chardonnay 1600

Race 4 Jayco Handicap

Race 5 PFD Food Services Stakes (Listed)

Race 6 Rosemount Estate Newmarket Handicap (Group 1)

Race 7 Roy Higgins Quality

Race 8 Kewney Stakes (Group 2)

Race 9 The Flemington Racecourse Rose

The weather was perfect for the running of Melbourne's classic sprint - the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap down the famous Flemington straight. In an amazing finish there were five horses across the track separated by just a head with Rubitano lasting on the inside rail from North Boy and Mistegic. It was a great training feat by Brian Mayfield-Smith and a daring ride by Stephen Baster who had won the race in 1994 on Mookta. Earlier in the day we saw the successful return to Melbourne of top jockey Steven King who took out the second event on Sunday Shoes. The top three-year-old fillies contested the Group 2 Kewney Stakes a race won by the great mare Sunline back in 1999. The Tony McEvoy trained Elegant Fashion was again very impressive in winning her third race from just six starts in only her first preparation.

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