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Marju Adds UK Gr2

Thursday, 22nd June 2006

Also at Royal Ascot overnight, former Collingrove shuttler Marju (Last Tycoon-Flame Of Tara, by Artaius) added a UK group success when Elite Racing Club's multiple Gr1-winning 6YO mare Soviet Song (Marju-Kalinka, by Soviet Star) finished strongly from the tail of the field to score a 2-lengths victory in the £130,000 (A$312,000) Gr2 Windsor Forest Stakes (8 furlongs) for fillies & mares. Soviet Song (ridden by Jamie Spencer for trainer James Fanshawe) defeated Echelon (Danehill-Exclusive, by Polar Falcon) & front-running Royal Alchemist (Kingsinger-Pure Gold, by Dilum); Godolphin's Australian-bred mare Astronomia (by King's Best) was having her 1st start for trainer Saeed bin Suroor after finishing 4th in the Gr1 AJC Oaks for Gai Waterhouse, but after racing prominently in the early stages she finished last in the field of 10. Soviet Song (2005 UK Champion Older Female) already boasts 5 Gr1 triumphs & last night's victory pushed her career earnings over £1 million (A$2.4m).

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