South American star Mr Nedawi shines again
Report: Argentina, Saturday
La Plata: Gran Premio Dardo Rocha (Group 1) 1m4f, dirt, 3yo+
BRAZIL'S star dirt horse Mr Nedawi (Joao Gabriel da Costa/Jose Aparecido da Silva) went into the record books with a repeat victory in the Gran Premio Dardo Rocha.
The seven-year-old Brazilian-bred son of Nedawi produced a superb performance, setting a new track record with his thrilling victory.
Under a magnificent ride from Jose Aparecido da Silva, Mr Nedawi raced against the rail and burst clear for a two-and-a-half length victory in 2min 28.90sec.
Local hope Aristocity was second, finishing half a length clear of 2010 Argentine Derby winner Expressive Halo.
Star filly Life For Sale never looked comfortable and lost her unbeaten record, trailing home last of the 12 runners.
Connections of Mr Nedawi decided against a trip to Churchill Downs for the Breeders' Cup Marathon this month and were rewarded in style.
Mr Nedawi is owned by Ricardo Vidigal Monteiro de Barros's Hole In One stud and is likely to bid for a repeat win in the Gran Premio Jose Pedro Ramirez, Uruguay's biggest race on January 6.
Also on Saturday
La Plata: Gran Premio Joaquin V Gonzalez (Group 1) 1m, dirt, 3yo+
Busy Guy (Leandro Torres/Adrian Giannetti) landed his first Group 1 win with a two-and-a-half length success over Cafrune.