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Leone Chiara Wins Irwin Stakes

Monday, 6th March 2006

Ill-fated Oaklands Stud stallion Lion Hunter (Danehill-Pure Of Heart, by Godswalk) added a group success when favoured 6YO mare Leone Chiara (Lion Hunter-Chiara, by Last Tycoon) returned from a 4-month spell to score a 1.5-lengths victory in the $75,000 weight-for-age Gr3 R.N.Irwin Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville. Leone Chiara (ridden by Stephen Baster for trainer Danny O'Brien) defeated 5YO gelding Shablec (Blevic-Shabet, by Amen Brother) & fellow 6YO mare Swiss Vault (Secret Savings-My Star Katie, by Star Watch). Leone Chiara (passed-in for $52,500 as a yearling at the 2001 Inglis Sires Produce Sale in Sydney) now has 7 wins (also including the Listed Wylie Handicap over 1100m at Morphettville last September) & 2 runner-ups (including the Listed Lexus Stakes over 1100m at Flemington in Nivember) from 22 starts for $328,550 prize-money.

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