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Shamal Wind sensational in Gucci Stakes

By Carl Di Iorio TVN Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 3:08 PM

Shamal Wind smashed the clock as she sizzled to victory over 1200 metres up the Flemington straight in Thursday’s $150,000 listed Gucci Icons of Heritage Stakes (1200m)

Shamal Wind, who won by 4¾ lengths at Ballarat last start on debut, covered the six furlong journey in 1:08.32 to win by two lengths ahead of Brave Soul, Isabella Snowflake and Meidung.

That time was quicker than Nechita’s win in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and Fontelina’s victory in the Group 2 Yellowglen Stakes (1200m) last Saturday.

“She gave me good feel last start but I wasn’t sure how she’d measure out today,” winning jockey Mark Zahra said.

“I was just sitting and sitting and everything was gone around me so I gave her a little squeeze and she just accelerated really well.

“She gave me the feel of a good horse and I love the way she just sat in behind today and never touched the bridle.”

Winning trainer Robert Smerdon said Shamal Wind is “clearly going to take steps next time around”.

“This is her first racing preparation and there’s probably a better race in her in the future,” Smerdon said.

Shamal Wind, who was purchased for $55,000 has already erased that price tag with earnings just over $100,000.

 

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