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Navagio wins impressively

Navagio, a noticeable drifter in the market, came from last to blow her opposition away in winning the Doriemus Handicap.

She was coming at the end of the 1100 metres, suggesting that she will get further and could develop into a pretty handy filly.

There are some very good races that could suit her, and she won’t have any problems getting further, her trainer, Colin little, is patient and so are her owners.

She is raced by former Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club, Rodney Fitzroy and his wife Paige.

Rod was put on the spot to recall his last winner, but this one is certain to be entered into the little black book.

Navagio has an interesting pedigree, she is by Zacinto, he got to a mile in winning the Goodwood Celebration Mile at Group 2 level.

Her dam, Pikea is by Anabaa, she produced three foals by Sharkbite, for reasons unknown neither foal has raced.

The dam of Pikea, Ancient Lights has been a prolific producer she not only won six races herself she produced winners.

Navagio is fairly well related, this is the family of the Chris Waller trained Preferment by Zabeel, he won the VRC Derby and the Australian Cup, he has the potential as a sire if someone can be patient.

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Rod Fitzroy with wife Paige and son Spencer

Johnny Meagher back in town.

Johnny Meagher was back in town, still the same chirpy Johnny, back in town at Flemington with a couple of runners.

Cruising Speed turned in a fair run when finishing third to the favourite, Diamond Baroness, in the second race on the card.

Johnny Meagher is a great bloke, a real character, at one stage of his life he was the sole trainer at Flemington after Tony Lopes vacated Chicquita Lodge.

He has been training for quite a few years in Singapore before moving into Brisbane, where he has joined his son in a training partnership.

There are no plans for a return to Melbourne, he is happy where he is and there is nothing wrong with racing in Queensland.

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Johnny Meagher - all smiles 

 Steve Richards back on track

Steve Richards was back on track doing what he does best, training winners, when Knowable saluted in the ATA Celebrates 50 Years Handicap.

He has been off the scene for quite some time after being severely injured, when a horse lashed out and kicked him with both hind legs.

Back on track doing what he does best, training racehorses, with the aid of his wife Mary Anne, who has been a tower of strength over the long period of her husband’s, convalesce.

Knowable was the tonic the doctor ordered, nothing like a winner that can surely put the zip into your step.

The gelding is lightly raced having had just five starts, he sat on the pace from the outset, and he was there when needed.

Knowable is by Hinchinbrook, from a daughter of Octagonal, he may well get further with maturity.

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Steve Richards with jockey Regan Bayliss


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