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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Oliver sets agenda as Secret lands Robert Sangster Stakes

Damien Oliver: second win in race after success on Alinghi in 2005
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Report: Australia, Saturday
Morphettville: Ubet Classic (Group 1)  6f | 2yo+ fillies & mares

Melbourne mare Secret Agenda overcame a wide draw to win Adelaide's first $1 million race at Morphettville.

Saturday's Group 1 Ubet Classic, registered as the Robert Sangster Stakes, had a prize-money injection this year, which attracted a top-class field of fillies and mares from around Australia.

Secret Agenda, ridden by Damien Oliver, showed blistering early speed to come across from stall 16 in the 20-horse line-up to lead.

Ridden perfectly in front by Oliver, Secret Agenda (14-1) kicked clear soon after turning from home and held off fast-finishing local mare Viddora by a length and three-quarters, with another Victorian-trained filly I Am A Star close up in third place.

The victory by Secret Agenda was her first at Group 1 level and came on top of her win during The Championships, when she won the Sapphire Stakes at Randwick.

It was Oliver's second win in this Group 1 after success on Alinghi in 2005, while trainer Mick Price had previously tasted success in the race with Bel Mer in 2009.

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Morphettville: Schweppes Oaks (Group 1)  1m2f | 3yo fillies

The favourites fought out the Group 1 Australasian Oaks, with the Chris Waller-trained Egg Tart finishing strongly to beat Kenedna in a thrilling contest at Morphettville.

John Allen took a rails run on the Darren Weir-trained favourite Kenedna in the straight and hit the front inside the final furlong, but Kerrin McEvoy was able to weave through on Egg Tart (2-1) .

Ana Royale ran home strongly out wide to finish another half a length away in third .

Egg Tart's victory in Saturday's $500,000 race gave Sydney's premier trainer his first Adelaide Group 1 win and his eighth this season, while it was Melbourne Cup-winning jockey McEvoy's seventh elite-level win in 2016-17.

Egg Tart remains unbeaten this campaign from four starts after wins at Newcastle, Warwick Farm and Flemington.

Schweppes Oaks

Ridden perfectly in front by Oliver, Secret Agenda kicked clear soon after straightening to hold off fast-finishing Viddora
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