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First Crush Wins Listed Grafton Cup

Friday, 13th July 2018

At Grafton on the NSW North Coast, triple Gr1-winning stallion Husson (Hussonet-Villa Elisa, by Roy) added a black-type success when 7YO Australian-bred gelding First Crush (Husson-Loving New, by Choctaw Ridge) opened his stakes account with a strong win in the $160,000 Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) for 3YO+, defeating Winkler & Reneged. Owned by well-known racing identity Max Whitby and purchased for $100,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Patinack Farm Dispersal, First Crush improved his record to 7 wins and 14 placings (including the Listed Ipswich Cup & Listed Caloundra Cup) from 34 starts for $354,050 in earnings. "I told Max that I would win the Grafton Cup for him. I had little plan for the horse and I'm glad it's come off today," trainer Chris Munce told Sky Racing. Munce, who won the Grafton Cup aboard Count Scenario in 1999 and Storm Hill in 2005, joined Maurice McCarten as just the second person to win a Grafton Cup as a jockey and a trainer. "It's a lot of hard work but its not just about me," Munce said, "its also about my staff who work tirelessly."

 Mrgn.Runners
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J: M R Du Plessis
T: Chris Munce
W: 55.5 kgs
S: Husson
D: Loving New
1.0L
J: J L Taylor
T: J E Everson
W: 55 kgs
S: Rip Van Winkle
D: Anne Carina
1.2L
J: C Newitt
T: John Thompson
W: 55 kgs
S: Mossman
D: Hussyanna
1.3L
J: J Byrne
T: M J Dunn
W: 55 kgs
S: High Chaparral
D: My Funny Face

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