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Flamberge Wins Gr1 Oakleigh Plate
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) added a Gr1 success when 6YO gelding Flamberge (Exceed and Excel-Razor Blade, by Blazing Sword) scored by a short-head for trainer Peter Moody in the in the $500,000 Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m), over 4YO gelding Fell Swoop (Not A Single Doubt-Touched In Flight, by Fasliyev) & 3YO filly Heatherly (Lonhro-Dancing Heather, by Danzero). Friendless in the betting despite having a smart record at the track, Flamberge took his record to 10 wins (including the Gr1 Goodwood, Gr3 Heath Stakes, Gr3 Sebring Stakes, Gr3 Standish Handicap & Listed Durbridge Stakes) & 9 placings (including the Gr2 Rubiton Stakes & Gr3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes) from 32 starts for $1,421,630 earnings.