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Mirage Dancer Upstages Sydney Stayers

Co-trainer Trent Busuttin has engineered a Group One win for import Mirage Dancer at Randwick.

Trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Younger have pulled off an interstate coup, plundering one among Sydney’s most prestigious staying races with Mirage Dancer.

The coaching companions determined to ship final yr’s Caulfield Cup placegetter north, pondering Saturday’s Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) can be a softer goal than the Turnbull Stakes (2000m) in Melbourne.

Busuttin and Younger’s plan labored to perfection with Mirage Dancer ($10) diving by means of to disclaim Mugatoo ($three fav) by an extended head with Angel Of Reality ($19) one other brief neck away.

Ridden by Nash Rawiller, Mirage Dancer turned the primary Australian Group One winner for champion Frankel, whose progeny loved a profitable afternoon.

His daughter Hungry Coronary heart was runner-up within the Flight Stakes at Randwick and Finche positioned within the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington.

However it was Mirage Dancer who bathed within the successful highlight.

“Nash simply gave him a peach of a trip and he had a pleasant draw for a change. It’s wonderful,” Younger stated from Flemington.

“We thought the Turnbull would have been a bit stronger and we simply thought that we needed to chase that Group One.

“He’s a Frankel stallion and he’s now a Group One winner in Australia. We have been simply aware of that, attempting to get a Group One on the way in which by means of to the Caulfield Cup.”

Rawiller stated Mirage Dancer travelled properly all through and predicted he can be a power within the main Cups in Melbourne.

“He travelled just like the winner the entire race,” Rawiller stated.

“I had loads of horse on the residence flip and I simply kind of obtained on the appropriate horse’s again …. and he did the remaining. He’s an excellent horse.

“On that, he has obtained to go round within the Melbourne Cup and be a real likelihood.”

Kerrin McEvoy, who was chasing a Group One double after successful the Epsom Handicap on Probabeel, stated Mugatoo was courageous below his 57kg.

“He seemed the winner till the final little bit. Nice effort,” McEvoy stated.

Tawqeet in 2006 was the final horse to say the Metropolitan Handicap – Caulfield Cup double.

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