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Sandown - Sandown Classic Day - 17/11/01



Race 1 Highways Tabaret Handicap

Race 2 Jayco Caravans Handicap

Race 3 Mercedes Benz Stakes (Listed)

Race 4 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (Listed)

Race 5 TBV Summoned Stakes (Listed)

Race 6 Sandown Classic (Group 2)

Race 7 Eat Well Live Well Sandown Guineas (Group 2)

Race 8 Carlton Draught Sandown Stakes (Group 3)

Race 9 Patrobas Welter Handicap

A big crowd gathered at Sandown for the final day of the Melbourne Spring Carnival, a day which seems to be gaining in strength each year. With the revamping of the old Sandown Cup into a WFA event and now called the Sandown Classic (Group 2), the Sandown Guineas (Group 2) for three-year-olds and a Group 3 open sprint as well as three other Listed events, the day has developed into a fitting finale to a great carnival. The day turned into the Damien Oliver show with the champion hoop riding five winners (and a second by a head) from six rides - an exceptional performance by one of the world's premiere jockeys. His wins included guiding Sky Heights to victory in the Sandown Classic in an inspired ride going to the front as they passed the post for the first time and never looking like being beaten. His other wins included the Sandown Guineas on the very talented filly Moon Dragon who beat the colts in a canter showing a blistering turn of foot rarely seen at the track.

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