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Soviet Star Adds Turkey Black-Type
Former NZ Haunui Stud shuttler Soviet Star (Nureyev-Veruschka, by Venture) also added a Turkish black-type success when Irish-bred 4YO mare Eva's Request (Soviet Star-Ingabelle, by Taufan) scored a 1-length victory in the Listed France-Galop/FRBC Istanbul Trophy (1600m) for fillies & mares at Veliefendi. Favourite Eva's Request (ridden by Alan Munro for trainer Mick Channon) defeated 3YO fillies Damaniyat Girl (Elusive Quality-Dabaweyaa, by Shareef Dancer) & fellow Irish-bred Wilside (Verglas-Sigonella, by Priolo). Eva's Request was a €150,000 (A$255,000) yearling at the 2006 Goffs Orby Sale. Previously this year, Eva's Request also won June's UK Gr3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes (8.5 furlongs) at Epsom & May's UK Listed Conqueror Stakes (8 furlongs) at Goodwood. Overall she now has 6 wins (also including 2008's UK Listed Rosemary Stakes over 8 furlongs at Ascot & 2007's Irish Gr3 Weld Park Stakes over 7 furlongs at The Curragh) & 5 placings (including June's UK Gr2 Windsor Forest Stakes over 8 furlongs at Royal Ascot & February's UAE Listed Cape Verdi Stakes over 8 furlongs at Nad Al Sheba, plus 2008's UK Listed Dick Hern Fillies Stakes over 8 furlongs at Bath & 2007's UK Gr3 Prestige Stakes over 7 furlongs at Goodwood) from 24 starts for US$535,480 earnings.