Violate Races To First-Up Flemington Win

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Trainer believes deserves a call-up to the after the gelding's first-up win in the Group Three at .

The final three of four wild cards in the $5 million 1600m Flemington race on March 16 will be announced on Monday.

“My main goal was to come and win this race today and try to get him into ,” Stanley said.

“He deserves to be in the race. He beat serious horses today and he had the toughest run by a mile.

“It just goes to show he's a serious animal when he is right.

“It's his second preparation since being gelded and you'll see a very consistent race horse now.”

Violate ($9) sat three-wide in Saturday's 1400m race before fighting off ($4.80) to win by a long neck with another three-quarters of a length to Zebulon ($16) third.

Dual Group One winner Grunt, who already has a spot in the All-Star Mile, finished sixth in his return to racing under top weight of 61.5kg.

Grunt has drifted from $9 to $15 for the All-Star Mile.

Five-year-old Violate, who was runner-up in the corresponding race last year, has now won four of 31 starts including a first-up victory last spring in a Listed race over the same course and distance.

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