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Mecir Wins Gr3 Newmarket Handicap
At Newcastle, former Australian Champion Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning Darley World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) added a group success when 5YO gelding Mecir (Lonhro-Magistra Delecta, by Al Akbar) scored by 0.3-length for trainers Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes in the $125,000 Gr3 Newmarket Handicap (1400m) for 3YO+, over fellow 5Yo gelding Strawberry Boy (Redoute's Choice-Strawberry Girl, by Strawberry Road) and 6YO US-bred import Slow Pace (Distorted Humor-Slow Down, by Seattle Slew). This was the first stakes victory for Mecir who took his record to 5 wins and 2 placings from 16 starts for $250,600 earnings.