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Chippenham steps up a grade

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February 09, 2018

Chippenham produced another strong performance when he stepped up in grade for a third at Caulfield on Saturday.

The locally bred and owned five year-old claimed the minor placing in the John Moule Handicap, a Benchmark 84 race over 1400m.

He had finished third, second and first at his three previous starts, all Benchmark 70 races.

Chippenham ($10) ridden by Stephanie Thornton improved from eighth on the home turn to edge past King’s Command in his last couple of strides.

Manolo Blahniq won the race by 2 lengths from Glenrowan Prince with a head to Chippenham.

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Caulfield winners Kinky Boom and Cliff’s Edge could be on track for a major win during the autumn.

First starter Kinky Boom came into Blue Diamond Stakes reckoning with a last to first run in the Inglis Premier (1200m).

Cliff’s Edge resumed in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) to post his fifth win at start 11.

He won the Caulfield Classic (2000m) in October and will advance to the C S Hayes Stakes at Flemington on February 17.

Earth Angel was not in the winner’s circle on Saturday but this daughter of Miss Finland impressed with a strong finishing second to unbeaten Paris Rock.

Earth Angel’s only previous starts were in March and April last year for a Ballarat win and Randwick fourth in Listed class.

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Linc Sullivan is successfully combining football coaching, horse-breaking and training.

Geneva’s Diva’s dominant win at Kilmore was a pleasing result for the Tatura trainer.

The filly was second at Yarra Glen at 100/1 before scoring at Kilmore with Luke Nolen in the saddle.

Horses from leading stables filled the placings.

The Darren Weir trained Kaiken was second and Chris Waller’s La Chica Rosa third.

Away from the track, Sullivan is Nagambie football coach.

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Follow – Oohood: Second to Long Leaf on debut in November and gained clear running too late when third at Caulfield.

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Coming winners: Holy Blade hit the line strongly for decisive win in Sandown Benchmark 64.

Viennese Star overcame a slow start for Moonee Valley win at her first start.

Problem Solver, placed at her five starts, conceded a big start when second at Rosehill.

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