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Celtic Sea Wins Southern Cross Thriller

The brilliant Celtic Sea, an Equus Champion the past two seasons running, once again showed her class when she won Saturday’s G2 WSB Live Games Southern Cross Stakes (1000m) at Kenilworth.

The top-class five-year-old was making her first start since finishing second in July 25th’s G1 Jonsson Garden Province Stakes but was too classy for her field.

The uber speedy Run Fox Run, a winner of seven of her first nine races, was all the rage for the 2020 Southern Cross Stakes, with the daughter of Foxwedge jumping the 7-15 tote favourite.

As is the norm, Run Fox Run was quick into stride and went out to make the running, with her market rival Celtic Sea given a patient ride by jockey Gavin Lerena.

Run Fox Run was still going well 200m from home, but Lerena bought his champion with a strong looking run down towards the inside, and Run Fox Run and Celtic Sea settled down to fight out a thrilling duel over the closing stages.

The Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred Celtic Sea stuck her head in front close to home, and the Sean Tarry trained five-year-old stayed on to score by a length. The favourite, receiving 1kgs from the winner, was game back in second, with Roll In The Hay flashing up late to take third place, a head off Run Fox Run.

Celtic Sea claimed her 11th career win, and seventh graded stakes win, in a time of 57.28.

The Captain Al mare, a R325 000 buy from the 2017 National Yearling Sale, is now likely to target either the G1 Majorca Stakes or G1 Cape Flying Championship.

A half-sister to the progressive Donald McDonald, Celtic Sea was produced by the twice winning Mark Of Esteem mare Ireland -a half-sister to Brazilian G1 winner La Defense.

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