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Stravinsky Adds Irish Gr3

Monday, 28th May 2007

Coolmore NZ Cambridge Stud shuttler Stravinsky (Nureyev-Fire The Groom, by Blushing Groom) also added an Irish group success when 6YO gelded sprinter Benbaun (Stravinsky-Escape To Victory, by Salse) scored a 2.5-lengths victory in the €80,000 (A$128,000) Gr3 Greenlands Stakes (6 furlongs) at the Curragh. Benbaun (ridden by Pat Smullen for trainer Mark Wallace) defeated 6YO entire Moss Vale (Shinko Forest-Wolf Cleugh, by Last Tycoon) & 3YO filly Theann (Rock Of Gibraltar-Cassandra Go, by Indian Ridge). Benbaun previously won both the 2005 & 2006 editions of Ireland's Gr3 Flying Five (5 furlongs) at the Curragh & during 2006 recorded placings in both the UK Gr2 King's Stand Stakes (5 furlongs) at Royal Ascot (behind Australian sprinter Takeover Target) & France's Gr2 Prix Du Gros-Chene (1000m) at Chantilly plus 3rd in December's Gr1 Hong Kong International Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin.

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