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Equinova Scores Impressive Win For Equiano
Swettenham Stud shuttler Equiano (Acclamation-Entente Cordiale, by Ela-Mana-Mou) sired his second Australian winner yesterday when the Dean Binaisse-trained gelding Equinova scored his first win in the Telstra Dandenong Hcp (1000m) at Moonee Valley. The Equiano gelding was positioned midfield by Brad Rawiller before powering home to defeat Red Alto (High Chaparral) and Total Discretion (Northern Meteor) by 1.5-lengths. "He ran first-up here in January but threw it away," trainer Dean Binaisse said. "He had never been a problem beforehand but was very coltish that day." Gelded and tipped out for four months, Equinova resumed at Cranbourne in May but didn't play a part after being badly inconvenienced at the start. "He backed up and ran well in the VOBIS Gold Plate and then won a trial by about 5 lengths with ears pricked at Balnarring," Binaisse revealed. "He loves wet tracks so we will keep him going during winter." Equinova was a $20,000 buy from Swettenham Stud (as agent) at the 2014 VOBIS Gold yearling sale and has already repaid his purchase price in bonuses alone. His dam and second-dam were both unraced and he's a younger half-brother to South Australian winner Novator (Hold That Tiger). "We were probably a bit further back than I hoped but the speed was on up front and he was in a comfort zone," Rawiller said. "I was sure the leaders would tire and he started making ground on the corner. He liked the conditions and it was a very good win." Equiano, who has sired over 40 winners in the northern hemisphere including two stakes winners, will stand at Swettenham Stud this season at a fee of $13,750 (inc gst) this season.