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Ihtsahymn Wins Listed Melvista Stakes
At Ascot in Western Australia, former Oakland Park stallion Ihtiram (Royal Academy-Welsh Love, by Ela-Mana-Mou) added a black-type success when smart 3YO gelding Ihtsahymn (Ihtiram-Umatune, by Umatilla) scored by 0.15-length for trainer Fred Kersley in the $100,000 Listed Melvista Stakes (2200m) for 3YO c&g, over fellow 3YO geldings Authentic Style (Fastnet Rock-Convictions, by Woodman) & Respondent (Haradasun-Avenida Madero, by Metal Storm). Ihtsahymn took his record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 Kingston Town Classic, Gr2 CB Cox Stakes & Gr2 Western Australian Guineas) and 2 placings (including the Listed JC Roberts Stakes) from 13 starts for $949,200 earnings. Ihtsahymn is a homebred for Neville Duncan's Oakland Park Stud by the Royal Academy stallion Ihtiram, a half-brother to fellow sires Balestrini, Hemingway and Second Empire, from the Umatilla mare Umatune, winner of the Listed Cystal Slipper Stakes and dam of Listed WATC Gimcrack Stakes victor Jestatune (Rory's Jester).