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Bonfire Wins Listed Grafton Cup
At Grafton on the NSW North Coast, 6YO UK-bred gelding Bonfire (Manduro-Night Frolic, by Night Shift) claimed his first stakes victory since arriving in Australia when scoring by 0.3-length for trainer Gai Waterhouse and jockey Blake Shinn in the $150,000 Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) for 3YO+, over 5YO Irish-bred gelding Kapour (Toylsome-Kitcat, by Monsun) & 5YO gelding Shoreham (Reset-Teneales Pearl, by Redoute's Choice). Bonfire, who previously raced in the familiar colours of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing when campaigned in the UK, took his record to 3 wins (including the Gr2 Dante Stakes) and 8 placings (including the Gr1 Saint-Cloud Criterium International & Gr3 Naturalism Stakes) from 16 starts $426,904 earnings.