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Keen Commander Wins Magic Millions Sprint
Former Woodlands Stud & now Darley stallion Commands (Danehill-Cotehele House) added a feature success when top-weighted 5YO gelding Keen Commander (Commands-Bonne Bouche, by Imperial Baron) snatched victory by a half-head in the $250,000 Magic Millions Sprint (1000m) at the Gold Coast. Front-running Keen Commander (ridden by Corey Brown for trainer Denise McGrath) defeated 4YO gelding Mfuwe (Lion Hunter-My Millennium, by Success Express) & 6YO gelding Sir Monashee (Monashee Mountain-Tres Rapide, by Paris House) who won this race last year. Keen Commander (a $70,000 yearling at the 2005 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale) now has 7 wins (also including 2008's Listed City Tattersalls Lightning Handicap over 1100m at Randwick & Listed Starlight Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill) & 11 placings (including 2008's Gr1 Galaxy over 1100m at Randwick, Gr2 Shorts over 1100m at Randwick & Gr2 Challenge Stakes over 1000m at Randwick) from 23 starts for $557,035 earnings.