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Great Again Scores Tough Flemington Win

Former West Australian galloper Great Again has relished the wet conditions at Flemington to record a fighting first-up victory. Trained by Lindsey Smith, Great Again added a third stakes win to his record with success in Saturday’s Listed Straight Six (1200m). Great Again arrived in Victoria last year and had one start at the end[...]
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Lindsey Smith Lands First Warrnambool Cup

Lindsey Smith has spent his first Warrnambool carnival in isolation having recently returned from Perth. But it has not stopped the trainer him being an influential figure at the famous meeting. The traditional three-day carnival was cut to two this year because of coronavirus with an all-jumps program on Tuesday followed by Wednesday’s all-Flat meeting.[...]
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Settled Haky Lands Strong Flemington Win

When French import Haky arrived at the Ballarat stable of Archie Alexander, the trainer set about changing the stayer’s racing style. That work paid off on Saturday with Haky successful in the William Newton VC Handicap (2600m) while relegating Melbourne Cup winner and $1.90 favourite Vow And Declare into the beaten brigade. Haky came to[...]
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