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MO’UNGA GIVES NEASHAM HER THIRD GROUP 1 WIN IN WINX STAKES
August 23, 2021 by Nicholas Lloyd
Just months after winning her first Group 1 race, Annabel Neasham is celebrating another top-tier victory after Mo’unga took out the Winx Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
The son of Savabeel won the Rosehill Guineas in March, while Zaaki added to the English trainer’s Group 1 tally with a dominant display in the Doomben Cup in May.
After jumping from barrier 12 under Tommy Berry, Mo’unga tracked race favourite Verry Elleegant in the three-wide line everywhere she went and was able to get the head down when it mattered in a blanket finish.
“I think he looked the winner a long, long way out,” Neasham said on Sky Racing.
“When he came up outside Verry Elleegant, I knew he was going to be in for a tough battle because she is such a fighter as well.
“He’s improved a hell of a lot from three to four; I was really confident looking at him in the parade ring today, I just thought he looked quite fit.
“It’s a massive ‘well done’ to the team. Obviously we are doing it a little bit tough out at Warwick Farm.”
While the margin was only small, Mo’unga did it in very tough fashion while fending off challenges from Verry Elleegant, She’s Ideel and the eye-catching Japanese import Keiai Nautique.
Richie Mo’unga (right) who had a 10% share in a race horse named “Mo’unga” arranged for him by former All Blacks rugby coach, Steve Hansen, a couple of years ago, has received $25,000 in stakes for winning a major Group One race The Winx Stakes in Australia last Saturday. Richie donates all stakes from the horse to the Child Cancer Foundation. Richie is incidently a former Linwood club and Canterbury representative, the current Crusaders and All Blacks No 10.