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Victory in Swan Hill Cup

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June 17, 2017

Victory Downs and Mio Dio gave South Australia two major wins at Swan Hill’s three-day meeting.

The Sue Jaench trained Victory Downs ($4.40) ridden by Damien Thornton won the Swan Hill Cup (1600m) while Mio Dio took the Golden Topaz (1200m) for Will Clarken and Linda Meech.

Victory Downs scored by 1 lengths from Kaniana with Don’t Get Excited holding on for third after setting the pace.

Dean Yendall and Darren Weir each had three wins on Cup day.

Yendall won on Holy Light and Rocket Along for Weir and Alaska for Con Kelly.

Daniel Moor rode Weir’s other winner, first starter Yisa in the Maiden (1200m).

Alaska provided a popular home track win in the Court Hero Sprint (975m).

The five year-old defied a rise in class to defeat strong finishing Royal Spinner by two lengths with the Gwenda Johnstone trained Definia a close-up third.

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Mio Dio ($5.50) made a sweeping run from last near the outside rail to claim the Golden Topaz on day one.

The six year-old won from the Weir pair Smackdown and Thermal Current.

The first two home in the Elvstroem Classic for two year-olds are destined for Melbourne success.

River Jewel ($3.70) defeated Watchdog by three quarters of a length with four lengths to third placed Maeve In Manhattan.

Beau Mertens rode the winner for the Hayes and Dabernig stable.

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There was Echuca success on day two with Strangest Dream claiming the Benchmark 64 (1300m) for fillies and mares.

Strangest Dream ($6.50 eq fav) ridden by Jarrod Fry beat Bungalally Belle by a half length with Annesbrook third.

Gwenda Johnstone trains the four year-old for D and J Stutt.

The Stutt family has supported Mrs Johnstone since she began training 26 years ago.

Bill Stutt, who was Moonee Valley Racing Club chairman, provided the stable with many horses including Toydarriate, Pinerate and Mention.

Mention gave the trainer her first notable win in the 1992 Gunbower Gold Cup.

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Follow - Ability: Coasted to victory when resuming at Moonee Valley taking his record to four wins from 13 starts.

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Coming winners: Archery Peak, a lightly raced import, came from last to win at Pakenham.

My Paisann, a New Zealand three year-old, was second at Sandown at second start this preparation.

Ebazam is a jumps winner over 4080m in England and came under notice with Sandown 1500m sixth.

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